• 1.2 billion — number of dollars raised by Democratic and Republican candidates for federal office in the 2000 election cycle
  • 110:1 — ratio of anti-environmental (construction, chemical, and energy/natural resource) PAC contributions to environmental PAC contributions
  • 9 — estimated number of dollars spent by candidates for federal office per registered voter in the United States
  • 6 — estimated number of dollars spent on national parks per person in the United States
  • 77 — percentage of voters who want tougher environmental laws and stricter enforcement of existing laws
  • 124 million — number of private dollars raised by George W. Bush’s presidential campaign
  • 130 million — number of dollars that Governor Bush cut from Texas’s environmental fund in 1997 to pay for a lawsuit stemming from his cancellation of the state’s tailpipe emission testing program
  • 104 — number of years that passed between the time that scientists first advanced the theory of global warming and George W. Bush’s announcement that more study was needed before the government could take action on the issue
  • 0.0027 — number of years that passed between Election Day 2000 and the day that George W. Bush was confident that he had won the presidential election
  • 63.5 million — number of PAC and soft money dollars donated to federal candidates by members of the Global Climate Coalition (an industry coalition opposed to action on global warming), Jan. 1998 through June 1999

1 — Federal Election Commission, “Party Fundraising Escalates,” 12 Jan 2001.
2 — Center for Responsive Politics, Industry Profiles.
3 — Calculated by dividing federal campaign fundraising totals (see 1) by the number of registered voters in the United States in 1998 (most recent available data from the Federal Election Commission).
4 — Calculated by dividing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 1999 National Park Service budget by the U.S. Census Bureau‘s estimate of the U.S. population as of 9:35 p.m. EST on 06 Feb 2001 (283,576,838).
5 — League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, “Clean Air and Water are Among Top Concerns for American Voters,” 09 March 2000.
6 — Center For Responsive Politics, 2000 Presidential Race: Total Raised and Spent (calculated by subtracting federal funds from total dollars raised).
7 — Austin Chronicle, Louis Dubose, 08 Sep 2000.
8 — Natural Resources Defense Council, “Stopping the Hot Air,” April 2000; and USA Today, “Gore deals with Nader; Powell joins Bush,” 26 Oct 2000.
9 — USA Today, Judy Keen, 09 Nov 2000.
10 — Common Cause, “Some Like It Hot: Chart I,” 1999.