China Surpasses U.S. As World’s Largest Energy Consumer
PARIS—China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest energy consumer, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Paris-based agency said China’s 2009 consumption of energy sources such as oil, coal, wind and solar was equal to 2.265 billion tons of oil, compared to 2.169 billion tons used last year by the United States. According to IEA, China’s energy consumption has more than doubled in less than 10 years due to its population and economic growth. IEA says per capita, the United States still consumes five times more energy than China.