Global energy consumption grew 5.6% in 2010.

Meaning the fastest growth in emissions since 1969. So the data in the BP Statistical Review of World Energy show. China overtook the US in 2010 to become world’s largest energy consumer. Oil grew by 3.1%, or 2.7, with China the biggest increment. Chief Economist Christoph Ruhl in the FT: “Over the last five years, their (renewables’) contribution to primary energy growth was almost 10 per cent. That is, higher than the contribution of petroleum-based products.”

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