Cars By The Numbers


Environmental Defense – March 20, 2007

This is an easy article since it should have no controversy.  It is simply a list of statistics regarding automobiles.  Since many people think that we should cut back on auto emissions to reverse global warming, this should be an interesting read.

  • 232 million – Number of registered vehicles in the U.S.
  • 600 gallons – Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.
  • 12,000 pounds – Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
  • 240 – Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
  • 2.7 trillion – Number of miles U.S. cars and light trucks traveled in 2004. That’s the equivalent of taking 10 million trips to the moon.
  • 5% – Percent U.S. population is of the world population.
  • 30% – Percent of world’s automobiles in the United States.
  • 45% – Percent that the United States contributes to the world’s automotive carbon dioxide emissions.
  • 4 – Number of car companies that support a national cap on global warming pollution. They are Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Toyota.
  • 0 – Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution.

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