2011 May 07 Saturday
Chinese Pushing Americans Into Smaller Cars

You will drive a smaller car because the Chinese are buying so many cars.

Since 2000, U.S. oil consumption has edged down 4% to 19.2 million barrels a day. In the same period, the combined demand from Brazil, India, China and Saudi Arabia has risen 76% to 18.8 million barrels, nearly matching the U.S. By itself, China has more than doubled oil consumption to 9.4 million barrels, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

"In some respects, the Chinese are pushing us into small cars so they can consume more oil," said Stephen Brown, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and former energy economist with the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.

When limited natural resources limit economic growth (or cause economic contractions) we enter an era of zero sum games. We will have to work harder and longer to get the commodities we need to run our economies and lifestyles. My advice: down shift to a lower energy lifestyle before you have to.

Where does this lead to? A return to old ways. Oxens save fuel on American farms. Though they use precious biomass. Oxens and work horses can not scale up. We will need to retain the ability to use automated equipment to operate farms.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 May 07 10:06 PM  China Natural Resources

Joe said at May 7, 2011 11:03 PM:

Fucking chinese. That oil belongs to america.

A.Prole said at May 8, 2011 2:03 AM:

The plural of 'ox' is 'oxen' - an ancient and great word.

Anyway, US aggregate oil consumption is 4% lower than in 2000.We musn't forget #that due to massive 3rd world immigration#, the USA is one of the very few advanced nations to experience population growth.The USA added at least at 10% to its population.
This means that per capita oil usage #the real measure of 'energy wealth'#, has declined much more drastically than the 4% stated.
Immigration, incontrovertibly, makes Americans poorer.
Shout it from the roof-tops!
Don't ever let those cunts from 'The Economist' or 'WSJ' off the hook.

no i don't said at May 10, 2011 2:13 PM:

What? Are we still driving those gasoline cars in the 21st century? Those archaic, polluting, heavy, fragile, metal-sheet, usafe, fossil-fueled cars??

What are we fucken idiots in this planet??

Rajon Mestra said at February 14, 2012 5:37 PM:

The fact why they are doing this is actually to ease the pain on fuel consumption people in America is suffering from. In the future, oil consumption would be a problem to all of us and the online solution is to engage smaller cars in the modern age. On top of this, not just the fuel economy is the factor but the ease of maintenance as well. Of course smaller cars can be easily tuned compared to the ones with bigger structures. These days, there are now discount auto parts that would greatly help drivers out there especially in saving money as well as easing car troubles out there.

Ankit Ferria said at September 27, 2012 12:53 PM:

According to the American Petroleum Institute U.S. crude oil demand fell to its lowest in nearly 4 years in July as the middling U.S. economy and fuel effectivity gains weighed on intake. Customers are buying extra fuel efficient vehicles, such as Toyota's which is holding U.S. gasoline demand down, stated Tim Evans, an energy analyst for Citi Futures Perspective. These days, there are now Toyota Parts that will a great deal assist drivers available in the market particularly in saving cash as well as easing automotive issues out there.

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