The Page That Counts: Summer 2012

Percentage of world's fisheries that are fully exploited, overexploited, or collapsed: 85 ...
Salmon photo courtesy of Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation

Amount that super PACs backing the four main Republican candidates raised during January 2012: $27.2 million 

Percentage that came from five large donors: 251 

Percentage that spending on ads by outside groups has increased since January 2008: 1,281.82


Average monthly earnings for people with an Associate’s degree, according to a 2009 study: women $3,048, men $4,000

Average monthly earnings for people with a Bachelor’s degree: women  $3,750, men $5,117

Average monthly earnings for people with an advanced degree: women $5,000, men $6,6673


On average, percentage that violent crime is reduced in the United States for each additional year in school: 304

Amount the State of California spends per student per year: $8,667

Amount the State of California spends per prisoner per year: about $50,0005


March 2012 settlement to individuals and businesses harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: $7.8 billion6

BP profits in 2011: $25.7 billion7

Percentage increase in BP shares the day after the settlement: 2.38 


Percentage of the world’s fisheries that are fully exploited, overexploited, or collapsed: 859

Pounds of wild-caught fish used as food to produce one pound of farmed salmon: 5

Percentage of fish eaten worldwide that are farmed: 5010


Percentage of 2012 Oscar voters who were white: 94

Percentage who were male: 77 

Percentage of total acting Oscars awarded to African Americans since 1929: 4

Number of best director Oscars awarded to women since 1929: 111


As of February 23, 2012, the extra cost per barrel of oil due to financial speculation: $23.39

Extra amount per gallon paid at the gas pump:  56 cents 12


Percentage of Americans who believe that regulations for hydrofracking should be tighter: 6513


Population of Copenhagen: 549,050

Percentage of Copenhagen residents who commute by bicycle to work or school: 5514

Total amount of health costs saved in Copenhagen by cycling rather than driving in 2010: $302 million15