Want to see just how much coal consumption in Asia has grown in the last 30 years? These new animated info-graphics from the Energy Information Administration tell a powerful and scary story.
As expected, much of the recent growth in Asia — particularly since 2003 — has come from China. That country’s use of coal has increased 500% since 1980, made up almost three quarters of Asian consumption, and half of global consumption last year.
Clicking on the graphic below will re-direct you to the EIA’s website, where you can watch the animation.
Back in September, the EIA published its International Energy Outlook, which we described as a “denier’s fantasy world.” Under a do-nothing, business-as-usual scenario, the agency predicts China’s continued use of coal will increase carbon emissions so dramatically, the country’s climate pollution levels will double the U.S. in the next 15 years.
China has been deploying renewables at an astonishing pace. But its use of coal has far outpaced any sort of clean technologies being installed. If we want to see the circles in these graphics stop their dramatic ballooning, our current path doesn’t come close to addressing the problem.
Oh. And I forgot to mention that the Canadians are eying China as their biggest customer for tar sands crude.