Just One Word: Plastics
4:53 PM, Jun 3, 2008 • By RICHARD STARR
That's a typo--the China Daily http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-01/09/content_6379872.htm target=_blank>report actually reads:
Does all that oil go to plastic bags? Obviously not. Packaging here seems to include every piece of plastic in China, for domestic consumption, export, and otherwise. That's a lot of plastic. According to this http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=2935417&page=1 target=_blank>report from ABC, the United States uses 12 million barrels of oil to produce ten times as many bags annually. Figure the Chinese are using one-tenth as much oil, 1.2 million barrels, in which case 37 billion barrels is off by a factor so big we can't even do the math. China's action on plastic bags is about as trivial as you would expect. But hey, they still have that super eco-friendly one-child policy!