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The online journal RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society publishes provocative, less formal pieces related to the RCC’s environment and society research themes.

The British Shaping of America’s First Fossil Fuel Transition

Through the transfer of people, ideas, and written texts from Britain, Americans were well aware of the potentially revolutionary role of coal for the young nation’s political economy. American knowledge of British coal practices had at least two crucial implications for the timing and shape of the nation’s first fossil fuel energy transition. This story suggests that attention to transnational contexts can help us better understand how, when, and why energy transitions occur.