Could Chuck Norris Defeat China?

Chuck NorrisI don’t know whether John Q. Public knows it or not but I am about to clue John in.

The numbers are out and we are seriously getting our ass kicked by the Chinese. We are falling so far behind we may never catch up. And the bad thing about us the deeper we get in debt to the Chinese the worse it seems to get.

The shock of these numbers is so severe I thought it prudent to hide the data inside the pulldown boxes below. I did not want to be responsible for any window jumping or such nonsense if someone freaked out on the extreme visual of seeing these numbers together on one page.

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[learn_more caption=”1-STEEL”] China production: 627 million metric tons in 2010

U.S. production: 80 million metric tons in 2010

U.S. position: 3rd

In 1973, the U.S. was the largest producer of steel, making more than 136 million metric tons of crude steel, according to the International Iron and Steel Institute. Up to that point, the U.S. had enjoyed many decades of industry dominance, centered around the city of Pittsburgh. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”2-COTTON”] China production: 7.3 million metric tons in 2011

U.S. production: 3.4 million metric tons in 2011

U.S. position: 3rd

In 2000, the U.S. produced 4.2 million metric tons of cotton — the largest amount in the world. China was not far behind, producing 3.81 million metric tons. By 2008, however, China had not only surpassed the U.S., but made nearly double the U.S.’s production amount. China produced approximately 8.1 million metric tons to the U.S.’s 4.2 million. A year earlier, the U.S. lost its second spot among top cotton producers to India, thanks in part to technological breakthroughs in seed and production practices.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”3-INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERINGS”] China production: $73 Billion raise in 2011

U.S. production: $31 Billion raised in 2011

U.S. position: 3rd

Even in the world of finance the U.S. is losing its dominance to China. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, “the yearly average of U.S. IPOs has decreased from 27 percent [global share] in the 1990s to 12 percent in the 2000s.” And as the U.S.’s share of IPO proceeds decreased, China’s share increased. It is now the world leader in IPOs.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”4-TOBACCO”] China production: 3 million metric tons in 2011

U.S. production: 0.33 million metric tons in 2011

U.S. position: 4th

Until 1976, the U.S. produced the largest share of the world’s tobacco. Today, the U.S. only produces 6% of the global output, according to Stephan Richter, editor-in-chief of The Globalist, in an interview by Marketplace. The most recent data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations places the U.S. as the fourth-largest producer of tobacco in the world.

I’m okay with losing the tobacco race.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”5-AUTOS”] China production: 18.3 million autos in 2010

U.S. production: 7.8 million autos in 2010

U.S. position: 3rd

Automotive manufacturing is considered one of the U.S.’s most critical industries. But in recent years, other countries have surpassed the U.S., which is now the third-largest producer of autos in the world, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”6-BEER”] China production: 443.8 million hectoliters in 2010

U.S. production: 227.8 million hectoliters in 2010

U.S. position: 2nd

Now this one is the worst. I’ve seen those beer bellies out there. I know blue collar America is fueled by beer and we should be beating the beer mugs off those Chinese. Come on guys, this is embarrassing.

The U.S. lost its top position even in beer production. In 2000, the U.S. beer industry was the greatest in the world, producing 232 million hectoliters, compared with China’s 220 million. One decade later, and China is in first place, generating 443.8 million hectoliters of beer, versus the U.S.’s 227.8 million. Not only does China have a population that is more than four times that of the U.S., but beer consumption in the country has increased dramatically in recent years. According to the World Health Organization, the average Chinese citizen drank about half a bottle of beer in 1961. By 2007, that amount had increased to 103 beers per year.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”7-HIGH TECH EXPORTS”] $348 billion in 2009

U.S. production: $142 billion in 2009

U.S. position: 2nd

High-technology exports are defined as “products with high R&D intensity, such as in aerospace, computers, pharmaceuticals, scientific instruments, and electrical machinery,” according to the World Bank. The U.S. remains home to the largest pharmaceutical industry in the world, and the rest of industries mentioned are also huge domestically. According to the World Bank, China began earning more from high-technology exports than the U.S. as recently as 2005. In 2009, Chinese high-technology exports were worth $348 billion. High-technology exports from the U.S. were worth a more modest $142 billion.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”8-COAL”] 3.24 billion short tons produced in 2010

U.S. production: 985 million tons produced in 2010

U.S. position: 2nd

America led the world in coal production up until 1984, and it is now a distant second to China. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy, the U.S. produced just under 1 billion tons of coal in 2010. China produced more than three times that amount, generating 3.2 billion short tons. There has been exponential growth in the Chinese energy infrastructure in the past decade. Since 2005, American coal production has decreased slightly, while Chinese production has increased by nearly 38%. Despite the U.S.’s decline in coal production, it is still the world’s second-largest producer, and combined, the two countries account for more than half of the world’s total coal production.[/learn_more]

Source: Fox Business News

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