Friday, October 11, 2013

What if the Chinese consumed as much oil as Americans? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network

What if the Chinese consumed as much oil as Americans? | Plugged In, Scientific American Blog Network:
Why use such junkinfo-graphics instead of a simple line or dot chart which carries same amount of information?

More importantly, why we never ask what if  Americans consumed as much oil as Chinese? or  What if Americans consumed as much oil as the average of everyone else. It is assumed that American would not give up the comfort they have today. But, firstly, there are ways to reduce energy consumption with minimum impact to comfort. Secondly, have Americans been educated about the price of keeping the "comfort"? It is hard, but it is important.

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