The Page That Counts: Summer 2011
Percentage of U.S. national debt owed to U.S. institutions and individuals: 42.2
Percentage of U.S. national debt owed to the Social Security trust fund: 17.9
Percentage of U.S. national debt owed to China: 9.5 
Total worldwide capacity for energy generated from wind in 2001, in megawatts: 24,322
Total U.S. capacity for energy generated from wind in June 2010, in megawatts: 36,300
Total worldwide capacity for energy generated from wind in June 2010, in megawatts: 175,000 
Number of ingredients in the “light cream” that comes with McDonald’s oatmeal: 7
Number of those ingredients made from dairy: 2 
Bank of America’s 2009 pre-tax income: $4.4 billion 
Amount Bank of America paid in taxes in 2009: $0 
Number of foreign tax havens Bank of America used in 2009: 115 
Percentage of Americans who want to end tax cuts for the richest Americans: 59 
Fatalities per million hours of driving an automobile: 0.47
Fatalities per million hours of bicycling: 0.26
Fatalities per million hours of living (all causes of death): 1.53 
Amount the U.S. spends on the military for every dollar spent on climate security: $41
Approximate amount China spends on military for every dollar spent on climate security: $2 to $3 
Number of viewers who tuned in to the 2011 Super Bowl: 111 million
Percentage of Super Bowl viewers who tune in primarily for the ads: 22 
Percentage of annual budget the average American thinks is spent on foreign aid: 27
Percentage the average American thinks should be spent on foreign aid: 13
Percentage actually spent on foreign aid: 1.65 
Estimated number of wolves in Idaho at the end of 1996, a year after they were reintroduced: 35
Estimated number of wolves in Idaho at the end of 2009: 835 
Median weekly earnings of full-time union workers in 2010: $911
Median weekly earnings of full-time non-union workers in 2010: $717 
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Number of billionaires in the world: 1,011; Percentage of billionaires living in the U.S.: 40; Number of U.S. billionaires and near-billionaires pledging at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity: 40
Amount of real money Jon Jacobs received for virtual online real
estate: $635,000. Average price of a home in the U.S.: $170,600.
5. No Taxes for Bank of America and Wells Fargo, American Consumer News, March 29, 2010
7. Jeffrey M. Jones, “Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire,” September 10, 2010.
9. Miriam Pemberton, “Military vs. Climate Security: The 2011 Budgets Compared,” Institute for Policy Studies, October 26, 2010,
10. Marist Poll, “2/4: The Gridiron vs. Madison Avenue: Game Beats Out Ads,” February 4, 2011.
11 World Public Opinion, as cited in “Why Fixing The Budget Is Hopeless,” November 30, 2010. http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pipa/pdf/nov10/ForeignAid_Nov10_quaire.pdf
12. Idaho Fish and Game, “Wolf Population Status 1995-2007.”
Idaho Fish and Game, “Idaho Wolf Management Update,” June 2010, fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/wildlife/wolves/wklyReport/2010/jun.pdf
13. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Economic New Release,” January 21, 2011
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