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1 National Environmental Policy Act: National Environmental Policy Act: Randall Guensler Professor School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology September 19, 2007 History of Resource Consumption in History of Resource Consumption in the United States the United States In the 1700s, questions regarding energy and environment were mostly irrelevant to the colonists The US population in 1890 was 4 million distributed across 900,000 square miles of land Exploitation and environmental degradation seemed trivial to colonists Not until 1798 will English economist Thomas Malthus publish his essay on population effects on future living standards (limitations of food supply) Robert Lineberry, 1986
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