Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Things to Ponder...

Number of the 121 U.S. biofuel refineries that have been cited by the EPA since 2004 for polluting: 54

Chances that a US worker in 1990 drove to and from work alone: 3 in 4
Chances today: 4 in 5

Average annual cost to taxpayers of a US government intelligence officer: $126,500
Average annual cost to taxpayers of a private intelligence contractor: $250,000

Number of times FDA officials met with consumer and patient groups as the agency revised its drug review policy last year: 5
Number of times they met with industry representatives: 113

Percentage of Americans who report being able to get a same-day or next-day doctor’s appointment when sick: 51
Percentage of the French who do: 57

Chances that a US firefighter is overweight or obese: 9 in 10
Rank of on-the-job heart failure among top killers of firefighters: 1

Days by which the average length of the western US wildfire season since 2000 has exceeded that in the 1970s: 92
Percentage of the US Forest Service budget in 1991 and today, respectively, designated for firefighting: 13, 43

Amount that Hillary Clinton had received by this spring from former donors to George W. Bush: $454,850
Amount that Barack Obama had received from such donors: $320,514

Source: Harper’s Magazine

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