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IIRC, Hughes "Networks of Power" attributes the development of huge sources for electricity - hydro in USA and coal in Germany - during WWI to the need for synthetic fertilizers.

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by A swedish kind of death on Mon Sep 24th, 2007 at 07:02:11 PM EST
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