On a related note:
Since 1950, Americans alone have used more resources than:
- everyone who ever lived before them
- the combined Third World populations
- the Romans at the height of the Roman Empire
- all of the above
Answer: d. All of the above. Since 1950, Americans alone have used more resources than everyone who ever lived before them. Each American individual uses up 20 tons of basic raw materials annually. Americans throw away 7 million cars a year, 2 million plastic bottles an hour and enough aluminum cans annually to make six thousand DC-10 airplanes.