“Giving society cheap abundant energy at this point would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.” — Paul Ehrlich

“Given an infinite source of energy population growth still produces an inescapable problem. The problem of the acquisition of energy is replaced by the problem of its dissipation.” — Garrett Hardin

“Eventually the point is reached when all the energy and resources available to a society are required just to maintain its existing level of complexity.” — Joseph Tainter

“A low-energy policy allows for a wide choice of lifestyles and cultures. If on the other hand a society opts for high energy consumption its social relations must be dictated by technocracy and will be equally degrading whether labeled capitalist or socialist.” — Ivan Illich

“The energy crisis is not a crisis of technology but of morality… The issue is restraint… Can we forbear to do anything that we are able to do?” — Wendell Berry

Now let’s seeā€¦ why was it we want all this cheap energy for again?
I am almost certain each of these authors would be equally aghast should some cornucopian wet-dream like cold fusion or zero-point energy become reality.

The problem is not that we don’t have enough energy. It’s that we as a species don’t understand the meaning of “enough.”

If it is possible to replace fossil fuels and conventional nuclear power with cold fusion the global warming disaster would be averted. There would be full employment in converting to the new source of energy. The US would not be policing the world to protect its oil supply and creating terrorism that threatens everyone. We might have a chance of saving what is left of the environment and creating a decent society. It would be a completely different world certainly a better one with a renewal of hope.