China overtook the US to become the world's biggest energy consumer in 2010

A report recently released by BP said China overtook the United States to become the world's biggest energy consumer in 2010. BP, in its 60th annual Statistical Review of World Energy, said China accounted for 20.3% of demand, compared with the United States' 19%. The report said China's consumption rose by 11.2% last year. American demand increased 3.7%. China was by far the world's largest consumer of coal, taking 48%. The USA remained the largest consumer of oil with 21%, or double China's consumption.
Globally, energy consumption rose by 5.6% in 2010, the fastest pace since 1973, as fast-growing developing nations led a strong rebound from recession. Consumption in the world's richest countries grew by 3.5%, the most since 1984, bringing it back to the level of a decade ago.
Consumption in developing countries — particularly resource-hungry ones in Asia and South America — logged a 7.5% increase.
BP's report affirms the finding of the International Energy Agency, which reported in July 2011 that China had become the world's biggest energy consumer.