Read: “Chinese Transportation Growth”

19 Jan 2010

“It’s as though the US borrowed a pile of money from China in order to fight a war to free up oil supply in Iraq in order that China could become the greatest industrial power the world has ever seen.”

That’s how Stuart Staniford sums up the situation with China’s explosive growth, on his blog Early Warning (via The Oil Drum).

The post is definitely worth a read, especially since he did the work of digging through the numbers for us:

“The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics has a lot of interesting data.  The web site is hard to use, at least in my browser, but after poking around in the html source of the pages, I’ve managed to figure out how to get to all the annual data, which let me make some graphs.  I don’t know how accurate these numbers are, but here, at any rate, is the official story.”


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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