China Overtakes US in Energy Consumption

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China has now become the world's biggest consumer of energy. Because of the recession, it overcame the US five years sooner than anybody expected. That means more competition for limited resources, more clout for countries the US doesn't like, and, in the short run, more environmental pollution. What will it mean for green technology, especially if the US continues to lead the way in research while China does the manufacturing? We look at the vast implications of what's being called "a new age in the history of energy."

Credits

Guests:
Neil King - Wall Street Journal - @NKingofDC, Trevor Houser - Rhodium Group - @trevor_houser, Michael Shellenberger - President, Breakthrough Institute, Bjørn Lomborg - Copenhagen Consensus Center - @bjornlomborg

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Julia Flucht, Katie Cooper