The US may be #1 in some areas, but it's topped in at least one by tiny Belgium. Belgium may hold the record, at least for developed countries, for days without a government - at 589 days. And, that seems to work pretty well... for Belgians.
Most of the Europe's old cargo ships end up in South Asia, where they're broken up for scrap under terrible labor and environmental conditions. But there's a growing movement to have ships scrapped in Europe instead.