In one of the universes in Robert Anton Wilson's Schrodinger's Cat novels, everyone convicted of a violent or harmful crime (there are no non-crimes like drugs offences) is either rehabilitated or sent to "Hell". Hell is simply a large area with a force field around it, and in it the criminals or others are free to do as they wish.
I like the idea of doing that. The rich and powerful could then live by their own predatory instincts without constriction, completely unable to harm the rest of us.
What's so frustrating is that nuclear power *is* the next generation on from fossil fuels. First Uranium sources, then we could move onto MSR, then Thorium reactors. By that time we might have improved the process enough to eventually be able to produce small reactors suitable for powering cars or individual homes. Hell, we might even be able to get into space again.
We shouldn't be still building gas fired and coal fired stations. We shouldn't be still heavily relying on oil. The price of fuel should be going down, instead it is quickly rising.
This seems to me to display perfectly the disruptive influence of vested interests. We could have adopted the technology in the 50's and refined it so that today we have clean, safe, abundant energy. But no, there was too much money to be made.
Instead, we're intent on doing anything *but* use nuclear. We have people pointing 20% efficient PV panels at the sky and hoping that we can make back the cost in the fifteen years before the panels stop working. We're injecting high pressure streams of liquid into the earth for gas, like an addict desperately scraping the last bit of heroin out of a wrap.
It just all seems so completely backwards.