Climate Central 25 July 2013.
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its biannual International Energy Outlook on Thursday, finding that through 2040, at least, fossil fuels will remain king, despite rapid growth in renewable energy sources.
The report projects that world economic output will increase by 3.6 percent per year, and world energy use will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. Half of that increase will take place in just two countries — China and India.
The graphic below shows just how much of the global growth in energy use will come from China, with the projection that by 2040, China’s energy use will soar to be twice that of the U.S.
While renewable energy sources and nuclear power will be the fastest growing energy sources through 2040, the report calculates that fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, will still comprise 80 percent of world energy use…