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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Economics, 2nd Edition by Tom Gorman

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Environmental Impact and Natural Resources

The environmental impact of U.S. consumption and production practices far outweighs that of other nations—particularly developing nations—especially when viewed in per capita terms. According to Vic Cox in his article, “U.S. Consumption Deserves Reappraisal,” U.S. “CO2 emissions rate 18 times greater than [those of] the low-income countries with 41 percent of the world’s population.”
According to www.mindfully.org, the average American generates 52 tons of garbage by age 75, and the United States throws out about 200,000 tons of edible food every day. Also, “50 percent of the wetlands, 90 percent of the northwestern old-growth forests, and 99 percent of the tall-grass prairie have been destroyed in ...

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