If you haven’t seen it already, the UK Sun does a great job of breaking down how much actual money is a “trillion” dollars:
The US Bureau Of Engraving And Printing produces 38million notes a day, so printing one trillion new notes from scratch and working seven days a week would take just over 72 years.
If the world’s leaders spent the one trillion dollars at the rate of a dollar a second, they would still be spending it in 31,689 years. On the other hand, if they want to get through it all within ten years, they would need to spend 3,169 dollars a second.
It also costs 6.4 cents to print each note – so it’s a good job the massive sum will be passed on electronically.
Otherwise there would be a 64billion dollar black hole in the leaders’ historic bailout package, which would rather defeat the point.
Pretty disturbing, all in all. How many tons of paper, gallons of ink? In a way it’s too bad that most of these transactions take place electronically. If Obama had to print it all off, the environmentalists never would have let the thing pass. It would have killed too many trees!
A trillion dollars in $1 bills would weigh approximately 1.1 Million TONS!
A Nimitz-class aircraft carrier weighs in at around 97 thousand tons.
So, doing the math, $1 Trillion dollars in $1 dollar bills would weigh more than 11 aircraft carriers!
Keep in mind that Obama’s Spendulous deficit is forecast to be as much as 7 TRILLION or higher. So, 77 aircraft carriers stacked up.
That’s a helluva lot of money.
Or, how about this:
If we figure that 1 ton of uncoated virgin (non-recycled) printing and office paper uses 24 trees, and figuring that since money is printed on some pretty high-end paper that this is probably a fair equivalent, that means that, printing off 1 trillion dollars in $1 dollar bills would require 26,400,000 trees!