What the United States Consumes

 

With only 4.6% of the world's population, the United States consumes a full 25% of the world's energy and emits more carbon dioxide than any other country.  The United States consumes about 18 million barrels of oil each day.  The United States consumes over 1800 cubic meters of water annually per capita, about three times the world average.  The United States consumes more water than any other country.  The United States consumes about 17 million barrels of oil per day, of which nearly two-thirds is used for transportation.  The United States consumes timber at a rate nearly double the average for developed countries.  Though its population does not exceed 6 per cent of the world total, the United States consumes almost three-quarters of the available supply of rubber and gasoline, two-thirds of all the raw silk, and one-quarter of the sugar. The United States consumes 33 times as much energy per person as India, 13 times as much as China, two and a half times as much as Japan, and two times as much as Sweden.  The United States consumes 30 percent of the world's paper.  The United States consumes a disproportionately high number of the world's trees.  The United States consumes too much, and 88 per cent believe that protecting the environment will require "major changes in the way we live."  The United States consumes energy as if it were a bodily function.  The United States consumes 50 percent of the world's production of diamonds.  The United States consumes more than $5 billion a year in illegal drugs yet we continue to punish foreign nations for our problem.  The United States consumes three times as much fuel per capita as any other developed country.  The United States consumes roughly 80% of beluga caviar exports. The United States consumes nearly two-thirds of Iraqi oil exports. 

     That the United States consumes a quarter of the world's resources, controls the channels of world trade and the institutions of inequality, and squeezes whole nations to death, is simply not news. 

     With 6 percent of the world's population, the United States consumes 60 percent of the world's illegal drugs.  The United States consumes 20% of all metals, 30% of all paper, and generates almost 75% of total global toxic waste.

     Although the United States consumes a lot of material, future shortages are not necessarily inevitable, for several reasons.  Advances in technology and management increase efficient materials use, reducing the need for resources.

      Approximately what percentage of what the United States consumes is produced inside its borders?

     Perhaps a lot of the starches are.

      The average person in the United States consumes approximately 425 grams of carbohydrates (starches and simple sugars), 105 grams of protein (amino acids), and 168 grams of fat (glycerol and fatty acids) per day.

 

 

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