China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s biggest consumer of energy in the most tangible evidence yet of the coming dominance of the Chinese economy.

According to data from the International Energy Agency in Paris, China consumed 2,252 million tons of oil equivalent in 2009, about 4% more than the 2,170 tons consumed by the U.S.

While China was forecast to overtake the U.S. in energy consumption eventually, the changing of the guard has taken place

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