China has 19% of the worlds population, but consumes 53% of the world's cement, 48% of the world's iron ore,47% of the world's coal ... and the majority of just about every other major commodity. In 2010, China produced 11 times more steel than the United States .
New World Record: China made and sold 18 million vehicles in 2010.
There are more pigs in China than in the next 43 pork producing nations combined.
China currently has the worlds fastest train and the worlds largest high-speed rail network.
China is currently the number one producer in the world of wind and solar power, but don't use it themselves. While they manufacture 80% of the worlds solar panels, they build a new coal-fired power station every week.
In 1 year they install less than 5% and turn on more new coal powered electricity than Australia 's total output.
China currently controls more than 90% of the total global supply of rare earth elements.
In the past 15 years, China has moved from 14th place to 2nd place in the world in published scientific research articles.
China now possesses the fastest supercomputer on the entire planet. At the end of March 2011, China accumulated US$3.04 trillion in foreign currency reserves - the largest stockpile on the entire globe. Chinese consume 50,000 cigarettes every second.
They are already the largest carbon dioxide emitter and their output will rise 70% by 2020.
So we're saving the planet are we? Driving a Prius will fix all that, will it? Think again. You are wasting your time and ours with your proposals for a carbon tax/cap & trade/ whatever. All you are doing is increasing our cost of living and rendering our manufacturers uncompetitive. It will make no difference when countries like China are consuming at these extraordinary rates. Wake up.