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Response to NickB79 (Reply #24)

Sun Oct 13, 2013, 06:56 PM

27. CO2 intensity of GDP - USA vs. China

 

According to data from the World Bank:



American CO2 intensity was flat from 1960 to 1970, and has declined steadily by about 2.25% pa since then. There is no sign of a sudden improvement that could be correlated to the offshoring of manufacturing. The improvement has been steady for 40 years.

China is a different story, one that is tied largely to political events. CO2 intensity improved steadily by 5% pa from 1978 to 2001. Since 2002 it has been flat, presumably because the industrialization enabled by their membership in WTO has been driven by the most abundant and available energy source - coal.

Also according to the World Bank, here is how the economic mix of the two economies has been changing:


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