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Xinhua. The Chinese government plans to use liquid biofuels produced in rural areas to cut the country’s consumption of petroleum products by 10 million tons, or more than 25%, by 2020.

China is the world’s third largest oil importer after the United State and Japan, and imported a record-high 36.38 million tons (about 267 million barrels) of refined oil products last year, 15.7% up on 2005, to fuel an estimated annual economic growth of 10.7% percent.

In his State of the Union Address this week, US President George Bush unveiled his Twenty in Ten goal—a reduction in gasoline consumption of 20% in 10 years through the use of biofuels (15%) and increased fuel efficiency (5%). (Earlier post.)


John Schreiber

If China's fuel usage grows at about half of last years rate until 2020, 10 Million tons will be a 10% reduction, in 2020. We cannot expect energy demand in most of the quasi developed world to remain stagnant. Look at the numbers, the Chinese are using less than 1/2 barrel of oil per person per year. Most people in the US pump the equivalent of that into their car every week. Someone please correct me if I am off base.

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