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In exchange, it consumes 3 million tons of coal a year (equaling the global production of coal at the end of the 17th century) and releases 11 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Besides, depending on the design of the power plant and the quality of the coal, a variable number of pollutants are emitted, ranging from sulfur dioxide (the cause of acid rain) to tiny ash particles that may cause respiratory problems. Some of these troubles can be solved, and in fact we already have commercial solutions for them.
Twenty Years are Nothing 43 Africa South America Russia Italy Spain France UK Germany Japan India China USA 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3 3,5 Tons per person Fig. 6 Per capita oil consumption in several countries around the worlds. Source (BP 2008) imports. Its 300 million inhabitants consume 943 tons per year, that is, a bit more than 3 tons per capita. 5 tons per capita, half as much as the USA (Fig. 6). And China got by with the oil it produced until the year 1995, when both the consumption of oil and of coal boosted; today it stands at 350 million tons.
6 To accept it makes our hairs stand on end, especially if we add Indians and Pakistanis to the equation. If the pessimistic forecasts are correct, then there’s only enough oil for 40 years at current consumption rates. 5 billion) have the right to consume just one ton per person (50% less than Europeans, only a third of USA levels), consumption would increase by two billion tons a year. Adding 800 million Africans we would almost have to double the crazy rate at which oil is mined, and then reserves would only last for two decades.