world oil consumption flattens out
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2018-11-08 01:01:08 UTC

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pass out now. Final results in the morning!

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JTEM is right
2018-11-08 04:59:32 UTC
China is the planet's #1 oil consumer yet your
report places them at #3.

Kind of a dumb report, huh?

Then again it says "Oil Equivalent," so I guess
the fact China burns mountains of coal AND EVEN
THEN UNDER REPORTS IT'S USE lowers their oil
"Equivalent" score, huh?

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