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A discussion in Whitesburg, Kentucky featured a talk by Timon Wehnert of the Wuppertal Institute as part of a tour of US coal communities sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.
South Africa shows how quickly an energy transition can be. In four years, with coal and nuclear power stations on hold, South Africa's renewable energy program has nearly 100 plants in development.
The Fukushima nuclear disaster put Japanese nuclear power on hold. In the five years since, Japan's policies have ushered in renewable energy, but continued coal expansion remains likely.