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The Page That Counts :: Summer 2004

Value of the amount of lost fuel and productivity resulting from traffic congestion in

the U.S. each year: $69.5 billion (1)

Percent of trips taken by bicycle or walking in the U.S.: 6

Percent of trips taken by bicycle or walking in the Netherlands: 28 (2)

Bicyclist fatality rates per 100 million trips in the U.S.: 21

Bicyclist fatality rates per 100 million trips in the Netherlands.: 1.6 (3)

Year that Jimmy Carter installed the first solar panels on the White House: 1979 (4)

Year that Ronald Reagan removed them: 1980 (5)

Number of solar panels installed at the White House under the current Bush administration: 1674

Proposed cuts in Bush's 2005 budget for renewable energy research and development programs,

including solar: $29 million (6)

Rank of Nigeria among the world's nations for percent of citizens reporting that they are happy: 1

Rank of the United States: 16 (7)

Rank of Nigeria's per capita gross daily product (GDP): 211

Rank of United States' GDP: 2 (8)

Percent of Americans who consider having a home computer as a necessity: 33 (9)

Percent of Nigerians who do not have access to safe drinking water: 70 (10)

Number of broadcast TV stations in Nigeria: 38

Number of broadcast TV stations in the U.S.: more than 1,500 (8)

Percent reduction in crime in the U.S. from 1990 to 1998: 20

Precent increase in crime reported in network TV news from 1990 to 1998: 83 (11)

Percent rise in the number of families in bankruptcy over the past 25 years: 400 (12)

Percent of personal bankruptcies filed in the U.S. that are a result of injury or illness: 50 (13)

Healthcare expenditures per capita in the U.S.: $4,887

Average healthcare expenditures per capita in the other 30 OECD countries : $2,100 (14)

Rank of the U.S. among the world's nations in life expectancy: 24 (15)

Income-adjusted fine recently given to a wealthy Finnish man for driving 40 kilometers per hour over the speed limit: 170,000 euros ($217,000) (16)

Percent increase in fatal accidents since the U.S. raised the National Maximum Speed Limit in 1995: 20 (17)

Divorce rate of heterosexuals in Denmark: 46

Divorce rate of homosexuals in Denmark: 17 (18)

Percent of Danish children born to unmarried parents: 60 (19)

Number of Danish children waiting to be adopted in 1999: 25

Number of Danish children adopted in 1999: 25 (20)

Number of American children waiting to be adopted in 1999: 127,000

Number of American children adopted in 1999: 47,000 (21)

 

1. Texas Transportation Institute, 2003 Urban Mobility Study, http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/news_release 2. Transportation Research Board, www.trb.org as cited in Pucher and Dijkstra,“Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health Public Health: Lessons From the Netherlands and Germany,” American Journal of Public Health,
September 2003 3. Pucher and Dijkstra 4. Mark C. Fitzgerald, “Solar at the White House,” Solar Today, May/June 2003 5. www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/solar whitehouse.htm 6. www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2005/pdf/appendix/doe.pdf and www.ems.org/rls/2004/02/03/coalition_decrie.html 7. World Values Survey, www.worldvaluessurvey.org/, as cited in Michael Bond, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” New Scientist, October 4, 2003  8. The CIA World Factbook, www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook 9. Roper Institute as cited in Juliet Schor, The Overspent American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Basic Books, 1992 10. “Developing a sustainable water policy,” October 6, 2003, www.nigeriafirst.org/article_1318.shtml 11. Lori Dorfman, “Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime in the News,” www.buildingblocksforyouth.org/media 12. Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers & Fathers Are Going Broke, Basic Books. 2003 13. Melissa B. Jacoby, Teresa A. Sullivan, and Elizabeth Warren, “Rethinking the Debates over Health Care Financing: Evidence from the Bankruptcy Courts,” New York University Law Review, vol. 76, no. 2, www.nyu.edu/pages/lawreview/76/2/jacobyetal.html 14. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org  15. www.who.int/inf-pr-2000/en/pr2000-life.html. 16. The Associated Press, “Police hand millionaire a record speeding fine,” February 10, 2004 17. American College of Emergency Physicians, www.acep.org/1,400,0.html 18. Marian M. Jones, “Lessons From Gay Marriages,” Psychology Today, May/June 1997 19. Stanley Kurtz, “The End of Marriage in Scandinavia:
The ‘conservative case' for same-sex marriage collapses,” The Weekly Standard, February 2, 2004, Volume 9, Issue 20 20. Danish National Board of Adoption,
www.adopt.dk  21. Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, www.adoptioninstitute.org/FactOverview/foster.html
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