4th Gen (and 4th Gen+) nuclear power will be a key part of the 21st energy solution, + Coal, Natural Gas, and to a declining way Oil. Renewables will struggle to get out of boutique status due to the intermittent nature of the supply of sunlight, wind, tidal, etc.*** unless there is a paradigm breakthrough in materials science and electrical storage ***
Is largely a function of our (i) debt-fiat monetary system, (ii) aeging populations with declining real productivity and (iii) entrenched entitlements - the risk is that the monetry system itself will crack up at some point - potentially producing social chaos to point of breakdown.i.e. The debt (...visible part of the iceberg...) isn't half the problem the monetary system used to instantiate is. The population and entitlements are entrenched and essentially unsolvable by political processes. I.e. They (ii & iii) will persist until they crack up.
A western society problem. The East is either making the necessary investment or are preparing to.
Will definently get worse - see furthermore at bottom.
All attempts at mitgation will fail.
Will generally improve in those societies with the wealth to address it.
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