Each week Americans toss roughly a billion aluminum cans into the landfill and roughly another billion into the recycling bin.
Our country should be leading the way toward a more livable future, but with our profligate energy and resource use, we are leading in the opposite direction.
Americans use more energy per capita than residents of any country except Canada and several small, Middle East oil producers. Based on 2011 numbers each American uses almost 50 percent more energy than the average Russian, almost twice as much as the French, Germans and Japanese, over twice as much as the British and Italians and three times as much as the Chinese. We use 11 times what the average Indian uses and 34 times a Bangladeshi's daily energy use!
Yet, we all have roughly the same basic needs and live on the same planet.