About five minutes after the human race stopped burning yak pats for heating and cooking purposes, some bright spark started panicking about how we would cope when we ran out of electrons, or oil, or neutrons or …
An entire industry of doomsayers and party-poopers sprang up out of concern for our survival, keen to lock us into stasis, keen to control how we lived, keen to dictate where we went and when we went there.
But now a terrible prospect has become a little closer to reality:
Scientists have made a fundamental breakthrough in their attempts to replicate photosynthesis – the ability of plants to harvest the power of sunlight – in the hope of making unlimited amounts of “green” energy from water and sunlight alone.
The researchers have assembled genetically modified viruses into wire-like structures that are able to use the energy of the sun to split water molecules into their constitute parts of oxygen and hydrogen, which can then be used as a source of chemical energy.
If the process can be scaled up and made more efficient, it promises to produce unlimited quantities of hydrogen fuel, a clean source of energy that can be used to generate electricity as well as acting as a portable, carbon-free fuel for cars and other vehicles.
And as much as I may wonder how society as a whole will cope with the idea of free and unlimited energy and how that could be used to transform society, I have to wonder more how will the greens cope with such energy specifically being designed not to harm the environment and therefore not being subject to their incessant bullying?