Automobile emissions account for more than 20 percent of U.S. global warming emissions each year. Car companies could do more and it’s time that they do. Check out our facts about cars and global warming and then take action.
Number of registered vehicles in the U.S. That’s almost one per person!
Average amount of gasoline consumed by one U.S. car each year.
Amount of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
Number of trees needed to absorb the 12,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted from one U.S. car each year.
Number of miles U.S. cars and light trucks traveled in 2004. That’s the equivalent of taking 10 million trips to the moon.
Percent U.S. population is of the world population.
Percent of world’s automobiles in the United States.
Percent that the United States contributes to the world’s automotive carbon dioxide emissions.
Number of car companies that support a national cap on global warming pollution. They are Ford, General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Toyota.
Number of bills passed by Congress to cut global warming pollution.
Sources: Ward’s Motor Vehicle Facts and Figures 2006, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2005, Automotive News, The ABCs of CO2, Feb 5, 2007, NASA website, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. and World Population Clocks - POPClocks, Global Warming on the Road report, Energy and Commerce Hearing, Climate Change and Energy Security: Perspectives from the Automobile Industry