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Thursday, July 22, 2010

People, Cars, and Energy

For many centuries China has been the most populous nation on earth. It has now reached two more milestones of potentially dubious, but still very important, distinction: (1) General Motors sold more cars in China in the first half of 2010 than they did in the United States, according to a story in the New York Times; and (2) the U.S. International Energy Agency reports that China has now overtaken the United States as the world's largest consumer of energy. These three things are obviously interrelated--more people, more cars, more energy consumption.

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