New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I'm less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives.
Really? What to you so long? I reached that point long ago, like the last part of the last century.
The crux of it is this in your statement; "...settled enough". There are still many things we do not fully understand about gravity and your 97 astrophysicists would understand they do not have all the answers.
The three remaining astrophysicists would get run over at the next zebra crossing next to the nearest black hole. Which would serve them right for being an asshats to think they have all the answers.
Well that's a large part of the problem, isn't it? Alternative power sources that are most importantly the things you state?
From a producing electron flow as the primary means point of view, we are still using 1800s technology; steam. Imagine that, as technologically advanced as some think we are our main method to produce electricity relies on boiling water.
Until we can figure out a way that does it in a different way without the need for mechanical transformations its just substituting one inefficient method for non reliable methods.
Your assumption there is no compassion contained in those with these infinite bank account owners reveals you have the same level of blinders as your hippies. Neither is your example compassionate. It cannot be as you are leading the reader to choose the option of taking by force what is not theirs under the name of misplaced altruism and attempted shaming.
There is no dilemma, the answer is simple; keep what I got and use it as I see fit; the hippies and you can kiss my ass.