|Figure 1: The United States and China: Primary Energy Consumption by fuel in 2016.|
To put China's situation in perspective, Figure 1 shows the contributions to total energy supply in China and the United States in 2016 expressed in millions of tonnes of oil equivalent (data from the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy). [Editor's note: One tonne, or metric ton, is equal to about 1.102 U.S. tons.] Coal absolutely dominates China's energy supply. This would be good for China if its coal were going to last a long time. But China is depleting is coal endowment rapidly.
The salad days of China's economic growth are over. In fact, the Chinese will have to paddle harder, year after year, to stop economic contraction
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