Energy is and will be one of the most important issues for humanity in the Shift Age. This is no different that any of the prior ages. Energy has always been important, as it is the lifeblood of society. It has always been prized, and has created great wealth, as it is essential to the functioning of the economy. With the move from the Agricultural to the Industrial Age and the discovery and use of fossil fuels, energy became a primary ingredient to life, economic growth and the glories of all that has happened in the last 200 years.
There have been hundreds of books written about energy, different sources of energy, and the solutions to change what is clearly a dangerous situation with energy relative to earth. Many of these books are written by some of the smartest energy experts and scientists alive today. As a futurist I embrace all the great thinking that is being brought to the field of energy in the early part of this century. As a futurist I look to how humanity must navigate this time in its’ history of energy use. Therefore, this chapter only speaks to the high level conceptual conversation that must be had as we fully enter the Shift Age.