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Presenting: New data about fossil fuel consumption from the Worldwatch Institute, in decreasing order of how good the news is.

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  • Oil consumption in the European Union dropped by 2.8 percent in 2011!
  • Oil consumption in the United States dropped by 1.8 percent in 2011!
  • Oil consumption increased by .7 percent globally last year — less than the 3.3 percent increase in 2010.
  • But a lot more than the 1.3 percent decline in 2009.

  • Oil consumption is at an all-time high of 88.03 million barrels per day.
  • In part because consumption went up 5.5 percent in China.
  • And 5.7 percent in Russia.
  • And production is up for the second year in a row, growing 1.3 percent in 2011.
  • Oil production grew more slowly than production of natural gas, which grew 3.1 percent.
  • And much, much more slowly than coal production, which grew 6.1 percent.

You can read more here. The plus side: It doesn’t get worse.

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