I grabbed the code from the Sightline Institute Pacific Northwest energy counter and changed the numbers to reflect what the United States as a nation spent on fossil fuel imports in 2006. This data is from the US Energy Information Administration. Yes, we really did send nearly a billion dollars every day to foreign banks.
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Anything I can do to help? I love this widget. It's up at Bicycle Diaries, though I change the appearance format to fit my overall design theme.
I took a look at it and.... apparently it was never broken. I guess I looked at the numbers after the New Year, couldn't imagine they could already be in the billions and assumed it couldn't be right so I disabled the script.
But if the United States is spending over a billion dollars a day on imported fossil fuels, then yeah, we should be in the 10 digits on the second day of the year.