In the last 6 months, China’s energy consumption far outstripped all predictions, causing great concern to the Chinese government as national energy efficiency goals may not be met.   Now look at the response according to the NY Times article “In Crackdown on Energy Use, China to Shut 2,000 Factories.”   My concern, however, is that no programs to close manufacturing and energy facilities will offset the increased energy demands of the Chinese consumer population.

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