The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its International Energy Outlook today, and it’s chock-full of excellent data. It points to a number of global energy trends, and the overarching narrative that emerges is the economic ascendence of the developing world (especially China and India) and the sharp rise in energy usage expected to accompany that growth.The EIA forecasts that OECD countries’ energy usage will grow by a surprisingly small 17 percent by 2040. But non-OECD countries will more than make up for this sluggish growth, as they are projected to nearly double their energy consumption over the next 27 years.Sure, this is a familiar trend by now, but stifle the yawn. The actual numbers that the EIA is projecting are startling, and as you can see in the graph below, the energy sources many of these countries will be relying on in the future are worth noting:Liquids (oil, for the most part) will continue to dominate the global energy mix, but the use of coal—that heavy-emitting, health-endangering combustible rock—will rise dramatically. China, which already burns approximately half of the world’s coal, will nearly double its coal consumption by 2040, eventually becoming responsible for 55 percent of the world’s coal-burning. That’s bad news for a country already struggling mightily with toxic smog. One thing that might slow coal down is that the US, the World Bank, and just this week the European Investment Bank have all pledged to cease funding for new coal plants if feasible alternatives exist.But the biggest projected winner in this medium-term forecast is natural gas, whose expected growth outstrips that of oil and even coal. Natural gas consumption is expected to grow by a whopping 59 percent, thanks in no small part to the shale boom. That’s good news for greens, because natural gas emits roughly half the amount of greenhouse gases that coal does. With carbon emissions expected to grow 46 percent by 2040, environmentalists should be jumping on the shale bandwagon to help push this demonstrably viable and relatively green energy source.If you’d like to delve into the bounty of information contained in this report, we recommend beginning with the highlights listed here. If that whets your appetite, you can dig in to the raw data here. The EIA does great work, and we’re grateful that these detailed statistics are publicly available.