300 Million American's need 11.2 tons of Aggregate per year
"Maintaining the American standard of living required 7.1 billion tons of rocks and minerials last year to make the things we use and depend upon every day", says Nelsen Fugate, president of the Denver-based Mineral Information Institute (MII) in a new report on nationwide mineral use.
"Every year, nearly 4800 pounds of new minerals must be provided for every person in the United States to make the products we buy and the various things we use", Says Fugate, " and for 300 million people in the U.S. expecting to live comfortably and affordably, mining has to occur somewhere." Each year, MII calculates the annual and lifetime consumption of mineral and energy resources from information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey and other sources to show the dependence that American's have on the mining industry.
MII claims we use minerials in almost everything we do. There are 125 Million houses in the U.S. that require heating, cooling and lighting, and two million new housing units are buit every year with each needing a quarter a million pounds of minerals and metals.
The luxury and necessity to travel to our jobs, to school and numerous other reasons means each of us uses a share of the four million miles of roads that need to be built and maintained along with the 237 million motor vehicles that travel on these roads and contribute to our consumption of oil that averages three gallons per capita per day. (4/03/07 NSSA)
On an annual basis every person in the U.S. requires at least:
Other intresting facts: