But it all comes down to the flying car
@ishman : are you sure this "large enough" reactor wouldn't cause a more than large enough mess in case of problem ? (not that the probability of a problem happening are high at all, but i would feel better if we used several smaller ones instead ^^)
There is also the big problem of carrying the electricity back to consumption points as the losses would be tremendous on large distance.
The satellites are a good idea, but wouldn't be enough if they were just outside of our atmosphere ? Not only would it be easier to send the energy back to earth, but it will also be WAY easier to maintain in case of dysfunction
edit : lol at the flying car
It pretty much explains why the world is going down the gutter as we are typing away, we are all cowards or homosexuals.
I did a research project on this and yes we are frickin screwed. I really think we need to drill Alaska, but only to buy more time to get better energy technology. But yeah, the world is spinning down the drain right now.