Insatiable appetite for Energy...
Date: Monday, September 13, 2004 @ 04:05:07 MST
Topic: General

Forget the threat of terrorism. China is about to flick the switch on a global energy crisis and a timebomb that will bring massive destruction worldwide.

By Kenny Kemp

SWITCH on a light in your home. Any light. Then list the other uses of domestic electricity. Fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble drier, vacuum cleaner, computer, DVD player, TV and video, mobile phone chargers, toaster... And that's just for starters.

Now think of China. At present, this vast nation of 1.3 billion inhabitants (and rising) is using the equivalent of one 100-watt lightbulb per head, per year. But its population is developing an insatiable appetite for consumer goods.

Forget global terrorism. One of the scariest stories today is how the Chinese are going to meet their energy demands over the next 20 years. While Scotland fumbles with issues of wind farms blighting the landscape, we should wake up to the potential energy horror story that will impact on everyone.

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