- January sales of cars and trucks in the U.S.: 656,976
- Expected January sales of cars and trucks in China (final numbers come out next week): 790,000
January 2009 marks the first month in which more cars and trucks were sold in China than in the U.S. There are at least two ways to interpret these numbers.
1) The U.S. numbers testify to the staggering collapse of the U.S. auto market. The economy is screwed.
2) The Chinese numbers (even though slightly down from a year earlier) testify to the long-range challenge China's economic growth poses to the climate. More cars mean more greenhouse gas emissions. The earth is screwed.