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An asteroid hit the South Pole in 2020. Though there were no direct deaths the resultant environmental disaster and human sickness changed political thought. Suddenly environment and health were primary issues. Most of the countries signed the United Nations Convention for Mandatory Use of Clean Fuels.
A major transition from one fuel to another has only occurred once in the history of human beings, though a number of fuels (clean or otherwise) are known but none is universally used. The transition from wood to coal helped trigger industrialization. Such a transition has huge financial implications – the cost rises in direct proportion to the greenness of the fuel to be used.
The growth of state capitalism in most democratic countries ensured that energy production was in governmental control. The rising cost of governance also ensured that electricity was beyond the affordability of the common man.
A few dim lights in the elite areas defied as well as defined the darkness in most cities.
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