A new report says China’s current energy consumption levels are unsustainable and may eventually exceed the world’s supply. From AP:
The two-year study, supported by the U.S.-based Energy Foundation and the international environmental group WWF, also said if China’s energy usage structure remains unchanged, its emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming would reach 17 billion tons a year by 2050. That would represent 60 percent of total global emissions and three times China’s current production, it said.
“If the current mode of economic development drags on, the scale of China’s fossil fuel consumption will be shocking,” said the study, titled “China’s Low Carbon Development Pathways by 2050.”
The researchers said global warming will challenge China more than many other countries, with its developed east coast cities contending with rising sea levels, and already drought-prone agricultural areas suffering further water shortages.
While the study does not officially represent the government’s views or policy, it is from a group of high-profile experts at government-backed institutes. It also follows comments by Premier Wen Jiabao, who has said the government will accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide, a leading greenhouse gas.