Variation of Energy Use With Wealth Between C ountries
Countries that produce and export fossil fuels tend to be more extravagant in their use of energy than countries that import it. Some countries in the Middle East subsidise the use of fuel, so that a litre of petrol might be 10% of the cost in some other country, where it is taxed. Russia ;looks forward to global warming, because vast areas of permanently frozen land will defrost and able to be used for agriculture or mined for minerals.
These differing attitudes are perhaps most clearly shown by comparing the wealth generated per unit of energy produced.
It should be noted that these figures must be qualified by:
Less developed countries have higher priorities than energy efficiency, like economic growth.
Certain countries have more energy intensive industries than other countries. These may well be low skilled industries, using a lot of energy but not producing a lot of wealth. This is especially true of Russia.