- Total miles of highway, now some 23,000, more than doubling what existed just six years ago;
- Year over year growth of car sales of 54%;
- Passenger cars on the road, now 20 million, compared to about 6 million in 2000;
- Government announced target of 56,000 miles of freeway by 2035 (the US has 46,000 miles of interstate highways);
- and by 2030 carbon dioxide emissions are projected to exceed those of the US.
Anyone who thinks that the demand for global fossil fuels will abate anytime soon, should also consider that the average American uses about 25 barrels of oil annually, versus 1.8 barrels in China and 0.8 in India. Those latter two figures are obviously going to move upwards at a rapid rate, considering those countries recent growth rates in the 7-10% range annually and the apparent embedding of the car culture in China particularly.
Which of course provides a long tailwind to investing in the fossil fuel industry.
The Confused Capitalist