I have been wondering if the increase in temperature that we have experienced in many parts of the Northern hemisphere these past few weeks has had any impact on global oil consumption. An article in the French newspaper Le Figaro states (not very clearly) that, due to warm weather, world oil consumption is currently down by 650,000 barrels a day (compared to 05/06).
Since world consumption is around 82 million barrels a day (if I am not mistaken), this represents a drop of 0.8%. This self-correcting mechanism could help reduce world oil consumption over time (even taking into account population growth, technology, etc). But would it be enough to please Kyoto enthusiasts?