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Fly the Friendly Skies?

350 million -- number of pounds of smog-producing chemicals (nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds) released by planes landing and taking off from U.S. airports in 1993 200 million to 600 million -- number of gallons of wastewater created each year from airplane deicing 219 -- number of volatile organic chemicals found in the air around Chicago's O'Hare Airport 5.6 -- number of miles a passenger could travel in an intercity bus using the same amount of energy it would take to move her one mile in a commercial jet 1.5 -- number of miles a passenger could travel in …

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Electric Boogie

12,133 -- per capita annual electricity consumption (kilowatt-hours) in the U.S. in 1997 1,381 -- per capita annual electricity consumption (kilowatt-hours) in the rest of the world in 1997 21.5 -- percentage increase in U.S. electricity consumption from 1990 to 1999 43 -- percentage decrease in utility funding for energy efficiency from 1993 to 1998 90 -- percentage of total U.S. coal consumption used to generate electricity in 1998 33 -- percentage of all mercury emissions in the U.S. that came from coal power plants in 1999 30,000 -- number of lives cut short in the U.S. each year due …

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Recount!

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 …

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Burning Rubber

6.5 million -- number of tires recalled this year by Bridgestone/Firestone 270 million -- number of scrap tires generated in the U.S. in 1998 500 million -- number of scrap tires currently in U.S. stockpiles 35 -- number of U.S. states that ban whole tires from landfills 59 -- number of tire fires in the U.S. between 1996 and 1998 14 million -- number of tires consumed in a 1990 tire fire in Hagersville, Ontario, the largest tire fire in history, which burned for 17 days and drove some 4,000 people from their homes 8 million -- estimated number of …

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Pounding the Pavement

3 million -- number of acres of open space developed each year in the U.S. 40 -- percentage increase in acreage of developed land in the U.S. between 1982 and 1997 1891 -- year in which the first road was paved in the U.S. 2.4 million -- number of miles of paved public roads in the U.S. in 1997 23 -- percentage increase in miles of paved public roads in the U.S. from 1977 to 1997 83.9 million -- number of metric tons of cement produced in the U.S. in 1998 10.7 million -- metric tons of greenhouse gases (carbon …

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