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, 2. Transportation Research Board, 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. whitehouse.htm 6. and 7. World Values Survey,, as cited in Michael Bond, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” New Scientist, October 4, 2003  8. The CIA World 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, 11. Lori Dorfman, “Off Balance: Youth, Race & Crime in the News,” 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, 14. Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  15. 16. The Associated Press, “Police hand millionaire a record speeding fine,” February 10, 2004 17. American College of Emergency Physicians,,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,  21. Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute,