It is 11:55 pm, December 31st, 2019. The celebrations are going strong in Times Square like they do every year. People seem excited, but not just for the usual ringing in of a new year. 2020 will be the first new year that the city is completely powered by a pair of brand new breeder reactors. It took years of research, planning, and legislation, but the first one finally lit up early in the year, with the second one following a few months later. Suddenly the low buzz of conversation halts as everyone turns to gaze up at the ball. The entire world watches as the count down begins to usher in a new year, and maybe even a new age.
Ten years, in practical terms, is not a lot of time. New technologies take years to research, and even more years to implement. New sources of power, specifically those that do not use fossil fuels, will face even more delays as the big corporations that control the current industries fight to hang on to their profit margins. Without a major movement towards more efficient, cleaner power sources starting right now, then the best we could hope for in 2020 is more of the same, but more expensive due to ever dwindling resources.