What combination of energy sources will power the U.S. in the year 2030? Will it be shale-generated oil and gas? Renewables such as solar and wind? Old-fashioned coal? Or a newer, safer version of nuclear technology?
The rapidity of recent changes in the energy economy like the fracking boom and the Fukushima meltdown makes forecasting problematic. But one of the nation’s premiere energy experts, Daniel Yergin, has published his predictions in the form of three scenarios or “plausible stories” about which way we are headed. He calls the three paths “Global Redesign,” “Meta” and “Vortex.”