According to the rankings of the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2003-2004, the U.S. is well prepared for sustained economic growth, though not quite as much as first-ranked Finland. The rankings take into account a country's macroeconomic environment, quality of the country's institutions, state of the country's technology, and supporting infrastructure. The U.S., while performing well in the technology area, is weakened somewhat in quality of public institutions and macroeconomic environment; public finances, in particular, rank the U.S. 50th of the 102 surveyed countries. For more information, go to www.weforum.org/gcr2003.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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