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Clean energy appears out of reach for years

Will clean tech save us by 2025? Will it end our dependence on global-warming fossil fuels by then? Not very likely, says the U.S. government's National Intelligence Council. "All current technologies are inadequate for replacing the traditional energy architecture on the scale needed, and new energy technologies probably will not be commercially viable and widespread by 2025." So says the council's just-released report, "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World."

The report, now in the hands of President-elect Barack Obama, is a 100-page view, put together by U.S. intelligence analysts, with input from outside experts, of what the world will look like two decades from now.

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