We now have concrete evidence China has cemented its position as world leader!
Stating it another way China has produced more cement in the last 3 years than United States has produced in the last 100 years!
I also realize India is building its infrastructure as fast as they can, and we are not.
Which country is fourth in cement production?
If you guessed Iran, you are right. Iran’s cement production is about 5% less than U.S. They are building bunkers.
What is China doing with all its cement?
But that is not all. They are also building ghost towns in areas where nobody lives.
This is the Chinese model. Growing 7 to 10% per year, financing major construction projects. This is a pre-war mentality.
Cement production is also a very energy intensive process. For those worried about CO2, cement production is responsible for about 5% of all CO2 emissions in the world, more than half of it from China.
China also burns half of the world’s coal, and do it with marginal scrubbing releasing soot in the atmosphere causing the air in Beijing to be hazardous about 150 days per year.
This brown cloud goes out in the Pacific Ocean, then up in the Arctic, settling on the snow and ice, causing the show and ice to have a faster spring ans summer melt.
This is at least partly why the Arctic ice is shrinking while the Antarctic ice is growing.
This chart was made in 2003. Since then Chinese cement production has tripled. Notice the southern hemisphere is by comparison pollution free. The CO2 levels are the same for the northern and southern hemisphere, but the temperature trends over the poles go in opposite direction.