Fossil fuel use

Written by Christopher Flavins

World use of oil--the dominant fossil fuel--surged by 3.4% in 2004, the fastest rate of increase in 16 years, and reached an average of 3.760 millions tons of oil equivalent. Although precise figures are not yet available, use of natural gas and coal also appears to have surged in 2004. China and the United States were the main engines driving fossil fuel markets in 2004, accounting between them for nearly half of the increase in world oil demand.

Christopher Flavins, Vital Signs 2005, p.30.

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