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The Page That Counts: Summer 2011

Bank of America’s 2009 pre-tax income: $4.4 billion; amount Bank of America paid in taxes in 2009: $0 ...
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Dollar photo by Blipfish

Photo by Blipfish

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 [1]


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 [2]


Mcdonald's oatmeal photo by The Impulsive Buy

Number of ingredients in the “light cream” that comes with McDonald’s oatmeal: 7

Number of those ingredients made from dairy: 2 [3]



Bank of America’s 2009 pre-tax income: $4.4 billion [4]

Amount Bank of America paid  in taxes in 2009: $0 [5]

Number of foreign tax havens Bank of America used in 2009: 115 [6]

Percentage of Americans who want to end tax cuts for the richest Americans: 59 [7]


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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 [8]



 


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 [9]


Superbowl party photo by MK30


Photo by MK30.

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 [10]


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 [11]


Wolf picture by Buridans Esel

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 [12]


Median weekly earnings of full-time union workers in 2010: $911

Median weekly earnings of full-time non-union workers in 2010: $717 [13]


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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

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Virtual property photo by Sitearm Madonna

Spring 2011

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.

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Sources

1. U.S. Department of the Treasury.

2. World Wind Energy Association, June 2010; World Wind Energy Association, “Wind Power Worldwide June 2010”

3. Nutrition.mcdonalds.com.

4. Business Against Tax Havens.

5.  No Taxes for Bank of America and Wells Fargo, American Consumer News, March 29, 2010

6. U.S. Government Accountability Office, Unfair Advantage: The Business Case Against Overseas Tax Havens

7. Jeffrey M. Jones, “Americans OK Allowing Tax Cuts for Wealthy to Expire,” September 10, 2010. 

8. Failure Analysis Inc., as cited in “Nothing to Fear,” EcoVelo, May 4th, 2009

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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