DeLay slipped in a provision into the energy bill that could direct $1.5 billion to an energy consortium in his district, including big oil companies like Halliburton. We're urging people to contact their Senators to do whatever it takes to get the provision removed from the bill.
We've come up with a few ways to measure just exactly how much $1.5 billion really is...
1.5 billion dollar bills would cover more than 58 square miles, or 3397 football fields.
Lining the bills end to end, you could pave a 21.5 foot wide road from Congress to City Hall in Sugar Land, Texas, with 1.5 billion dollar bills. Or, if you'd prefer, you could go around the world 5+ times. Your choice.
A stack of 1.5 billion one dollar bills streches to 100 miles high. If you could balance them.
1.5 billion dollar bills weighs roughly 1,652 tons, the same as about 40,000 gallons of water, or enough water to fill more than 35 swimming pools.
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