Thursday, July 24, 2008

China: 1, USA: 0

California is bigger then China, and not just in the amount of letters, From WIRED:

"Given all the news coverage about the rise of the Chinese economy, you could be forgiven for thinking that the world's most populous country is hogging all the world's resources, while the developed nations are fighting for scraps.

But, at least with transportation fuel, you'd be wrong. California alone uses more gasoline than any country in the world (except the US as a whole, of course). That means California's 20 billion gallon gasoline and diesel habit is greater than China's! (Or Russia's. Or India's. Or Brazil's. Or Germany's.)

That's according to the California Energy Commission's State Alternative Fuels Plan, which was posted online last Christmas Eve (pdf). The whole report makes for some fascinating reading because it's a blueprint for a low-carbon and renewable transportation fuel future. The dominant takeaway: it ain't going to be easy.

One more choice statistic: gasoline usage in California has increased 50 percent, that's 10 6.7 billion gallons, since 1988. Has there been anything close to a commensurate increase in quality of life here to accompany that rise in energy use?

But China's oil thirst is growing -- to almost 20 billion gallons in 2007 -- and perhaps as early as this year, China's 1.3 billion people will overtake California's 37 million people in total gasoline and diesel usage"

2 comments:

mark said...

this makes me sad =(
Traffic in California is berserk, you'd think that along with prices would get people to cut down on the mileage...maybe its all the fancy cars out there?

Shane Keaney said...

It's really tough, most people have no choice, their whole infrastructure is built for cars, like most of the USA. In LA and San Fran the have some better options but otherwise it's a large sprawling state most of which was built in the automobile age. Here on the East coast we benefit from the fact that cites were built a little more smashed together since they were built so much earlier. But even here car is still king.