Nuclear fission reactors are going to be the main electric power producers for all industrial societies in a few years and biofuels and batteries will power our self-contained transport systems. Wind and solar power systems may supply a small but significant proportion of the total if we continue to pour money down those drain holes. Fusion power is an incredibly expensive pipe dream and too far away to be of relevance to global warming.
Every developed country should be like France and be totally self sufficient in safe cheap nuclear generated electric power. China is gearing up to build some 400 nuclear power stations. That’s more than enough to power both the US and Canada. Wholesale price of that power would be about 3 cents. Same as, or cheaper than coal.
The alternative is nations will be constantly at war to grab usable un-flooded land or to keep their usable un-flooded land. That’s war.
The standard of living of all societies, especially Western Societies will drop dramatically and stay down for a very long time.
There are only two serious threats to the fossil fuel countries and corporations. And they are nuclear energy and biofuels. Biofuels are okay at around a consistent $100 a barrel.
Nuclear power: Our current “relatively safe” systems of using and handling the fossil fuel power production kills at least a thousand times more people than does nuclear electric power system when generating the same power, and that includes the deaths at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Perception Management is incredibly effective.
So despite nuclei’s almost ridiculously safe history we all “know” dip within us that it’s all somehow very dangerous. We all “know” deep down and irrationally that “nuclear waste disposal is a huge problem that will last for thousands of years”, and of course we all “know” that even the tiniest dose of nuclear radiation could trigger a deadly cancer. It is often surprisingly difficult to even doubt these ingrained “truths”.
I talk about nuclear history in my book Priority One. The following are a few pages from the chapter The Sabotaging Of Nuclear Energy. which highlight the concept.