08 Sep '11, 3pm

From Lester Brown: Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail

Learning from China: Why the Existing Economic Model Will Fail Lester R. Brown For almost as long as I can remember we have been saying that the United States, with 5 percent of the world’s people, consumes a third or more of the earth’s resources. That was true. It is no longer true. Today China consumes more basic resources than the United States does. Among the key commodities such as grain, meat, oil, coal, and steel, China consumes more of each than the United States except for oil, where the United States still has a wide (though narrowing) lead. China uses a quarter more grain than the United States. Its meat consumption is double that of the United States. It uses three times as much coal and four times as much steel. These numbers reflect national consumption, but what would happen if consumption per person in China were to catch up to that of the United States? I...

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