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@Evargalo gave an excellent answer proving the numbers, but it's interesting to look at what drives this. The fact that this is true may be very surprising, but less so once you consider world population and world economic activity. There are literally people alive today who were born when there was less people in the entire world than there is in China ...


True More detailed data confirm the claim. This chart is taken from ; most data there comes from the published paper: Vaclav Smil (2017). Energy Transitions: Global and National Perspectives. & BP Statistical Review of World Energy.. It is coherent with figures from the World Bank:

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