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and Australia (255 million Btu/person). Table 2-7 lists per capita energy consumption for the regions of the world along with selected countries. By region, the per capita energy consumption ranges from about 277 million Btu/person for North America to 15 million Btu/person for Africa. As expected, the per capita consumption is highest for the industrialized nations.

China's use of 1.4 billion short tons made it the largest consumer of coal in 2001. The United States consumed 1.1 billion short tons, followed by India (360 million short tons), Russia (284 million short tons), and Germany (265 million short tons). These five countries accounted for 64% of the world coal consumption in 2001.

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