Ma il carbone non è soltanto il motore del boom economico cinese, è il fattore di distruzione forse più importante dell'equilibrio planetario. Già oggi la cina brucia carbone per un'energia equivalente a un terzo di tutta la produzione petrolifera mondiale, e continuano a incrementare. Il futuro è ancora più nero di quanto ci possiamo immaginare. Nero color carbone.
The world economy was saved last year by the increasing world coal production.
Right, the Chinese coal is more significant to the World energy than the Saudi oil (1106 Mtoe vs. 540 Mtoe.). China is probably now the biggest fossile energy producer (not consumer) in the world just before the US (China coal+gas+oil in 2005: 1334 Mtoe, the US 1359 Mtoe, but considering the Chinese coal growth China is probably now the #1). Nuclear and hydro don't change this.
Here we see the secret of the Chinese economy. The energy production of China has risen 44% from 2002 to 2005, and this at absolute volumes comparable to the US! The Chinese total energy production growth has supplied almost half of the total World energy supply growth during that time (450 Mtoe of 1010 Mtoe growth). China has been literally the engine of the World energy and economy.
It is absolutely clear that low costs are not the main reason for production moving to China. The industrial growth there would have been impossible without this huge growth in domestic energy production. This is the biggest "energy surge" in the World history and the driving force of globalization.
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