Wednesday, September 19, 2007

"Transportation By the Numbers"

Environmental Defense offered these numbers about driving in the U.S.

Transportation By The Numbers

Transportation facts underscore the need for reform

Posted: 18-Sep-2007; Updated: 19-Sep-2007

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Transportation is one of the biggest causes of global warming pollution in the U.S. Our inefficient use of roadways and public transportation are only part of the problem.

Check out our list of startling facts and figures.

239 MillionNumber of cars and light trucks on U.S. roads.

2.7 trillionTotal vehicle miles traveled in the U.S. in 2006.

160%Increase in the amount of miles driven since 1970 in the U.S.

$66.3 BillionAmount spent by local, federal and state governments on U.S. highways in 2005.

5%U.S. share of the world's population.

45%U.S. share of world's total global warming pollution from vehicles.

28%Percent of U.S. global warming pollution coming from transportation.

15Number of states that have adopted California's global warming pollution limits on cars.

3The Big Three car companies (GM, Ford and Chrysler) that have joined USCAP, a partnership calling for a US national cap on global warming emissions.

0Number of federal bills passed to cap and reduce America's global warming pollution from all sources.

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