My science fiction answer is that in 100 years, barring we don't wipe ourselves out stupidly, we will harness fusion, Hydrogen, and zero-point energy. We will use magnetism to its fuller potential.
Going X Files on you, the probability is high that several existing energy technologies are being supressed by the government and Big Url (Oil). This is Art Bell territory so I'll stop because I'm blowing the smoke of conspiracy theory. Fire up your web browser and search for zero point energy.
What if the particle physicists discover something new and fundamental about the nature of reality that leads to inexpensive and safe energy?
Solar technology will become more efficient than it is today. I've read that German researchers have designed solar panels that are 40% efficient. Today the most efficient production solar panels in the U.S. are less than 25% efficient.
Finally, many of us have discovered the we live wastefully. Most of us don't need televisions, stereos and IPads. I've got clothes lines in my basement and out in the yard so why do I use a clothes dryer? Out of habit and convenience.
Thoughtless consumerism and not using goods completely are dead-end behaviors.
Oil spilling into the Gulf is a potent reminder that fossil-fuel cumbustion vehicles are dead-end technologies.
For humans to continue thriving on this wonderful planet we will be increasingly forced to change our thoughtless ways. Start with self assessment. I habitually use energy and other resources thoughtlessly and selfishly.
If everybody were to audit their wastefulness and turn that behavior into positive conservation, we'd solve many of our problems without spending more money.
Read Arun Gandhi's lecture in which he describes how his Grandfather taught him the principles of non-violence. This lecture is a blue print that illustrates the way forward for the open minded.
We know fast food is not as healthy as whole fresh food. We know a tremendous amount of waste is created by consuming fast food. We know that fast food production is terribly destructive to the environment. Logic and necessity strongly suggests we stop eating fast food.
Not using electricity or gasoline in the first place is an important step to changing our lives for better.
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