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Few if any U.S. environmental laws explicitly consider sustainable development as their goal or objective. At most, a few U.S. laws may be said to be partial or imperfect reflections of sustainable development theory and to incorporate portions of the concept of sustainable development. Nonetheless, recent quantitative indicators on a cross national basis suggest that U.S. law and policy has been reasonably effective at promoting sustainable development. The United States was ranked 11th among countries on a quantitative index of sustainable development in 2001 and scores well on most indicators except energy usage and climate change.

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