Monday, November 29, 2010

Why China is an energy consumption hog

Over the next 15 years China is expected to build the equivalent of New York City -- 10 times over.That's a lot of concrete and steel, and it goes a long way to explaining why the country is using so much energy. Roads, bridges, rail lines, skyscrapers and factories take tons of concrete, steel, chemicals and glass. "They are building massive amounts of infrastructure," said Lynn Price, a scientist in the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy research lab. "It takes incredible amounts of these energy-intensive commodities." More>