chapter  2
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EIA in the United States

The United States has a total area of9.4 million square kilometres and a population of over 280 million people. With a population density of only 29 people per square kilometre (almost one-ninth of the UK's) it is hardly surprising that a frontier ethic developed in which land was seen as a disposable asset and in which controls over land use were regarded as a curtailment of the individual liberty which was one of the principal goals of the original settlers. Partly as a result of this frontier ethic there is an historical distrust of government institutions in the United States and a consequent desire for decision making which is open to inspection and intervention by the public.