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The Page That Counts: Winter 2012

Percentage of Muslim Americans who say military attacks on civilians are never justified: 78; Catholics: 39.
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Woman in Egypt photo by Asim Bharwani

Photo by Asim Bharwani.

Percentage of Muslim Americans who say military attacks on civilians are never justified: 78

Protestants: 38

Catholics: 39 [1]


Percentage of all the waste generated by a typical school that could be recycled or composted: 80 [2]


Amount of oil and gas money designated by the United States for rebuilding Iraq after the 2003 invasion: $9.1 billion

Amount the U.S. Department of Defense was unable to properly account for: $8.7 billion [3]


Percentage of 16- to 34-year-olds who use a phone as their primary timepiece: 60 [4]


Pounds of carbon dioxide each square meter of public forest in western Washington and Oregon soaks up per year: 1.1

Pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from driving one mile: 1.1

Number of acres of federal and state forest land in Oregon and western Washington: 11.8 million

Number of acres needed to soak up the two states’ carbon emissions from gasoline: 23 million [5]


Average number of people killed annually in shark attacks from 2001-2010: 4

Number of sharks killed annually by people: 26-73 million [6]


Percentage of Americans receiving Social Security retirement who say they “have not used a government program”: 44

Percentage receiving unemployment insurance who say they “have not used a government program”: 43 [7]


Number of nuclear power plant sites in the United States: 65 [8]


Number of sites reported to be leaking radioactive tritium: 48 [9]


Percentage of people age 18 or older married, in 1960: 72
In 2008: 52

Average age at first marriage for men in 1960: 22

For men in 2008: 28

For women in 1960: 20

For women in 2008: 25 [10]


Amount the USDA spent in assistance payments to large industrial farms in 2010: $13.7 billion [11]

Amount the USDA spent to support small and medium farm operations: less than $100 million [12]


1. Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, 2010.

2. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, 2010.

3. U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, 2009.

4. YouGov U.S. Panel Survey, 2011.

5. Decade Trends in Net Ecosystem and Net Ecosystem Carbon Balance for a Regional Socioecological System; Forest Ecology and Management 2011 Oregon State University. Department Forest Ecology and Management, Oregon State University, 2011.

6. International Shark Attack File, Florida Museum of Natural History. World Conservation Union (IUCN)

7. “The Social and Governmental Issues and Participation Study of 2008” from Cornell University’s Survey Research Institute.

8. Nuclear Energy Review, US Energy Information Administration, June 26, 2009.

9. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission records. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, June 2011.

10. Pew Research Center, 2010.

11. Congressional Budget Office, 2011.

12. Union of Concerned Scientists, 2011

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