Free energy suppression
|Some dare call it|
Free energy suppression is a conspiracy theory claiming that there exist functional alternative energy technologies that are vastly more efficient and cost-effective than current methods of power generation; however, these supposed revolutionary technologies are being held in secret and suppressed. The suppressors are usually oil companies, but can also be the government or special interest groups. Proponents of this conspiracy may also believe that governments and lobby groups are actively weakening renewable energy technologies like solar, biofuels and geothermal. A mechanism commonly posited for suppressing free energy is the buying up of patents; however, the article on patents gives reasons why that would not work.
 Reasons for suppression
Even more interesting is how sunlight and air being free has yet to lead to the collapse of the capitalist system.
 In fiction
Science fiction has explored the implications of this, most notably Star Trek and the "Culture" novels of Iain M. Banks. Both deal with societies that simultaneously developed a socialist utopia and did away with money, largely due to the introduction of technology that provided what was essentially limitless, free energy. Edward Bellamy's 1888 novel Looking Backward describes a young man who falls into a deep sleep for over a century. When he awakes, it is the year 2000 and the United States has become a socialist utopia, and numerous leaps forward in technology have been made to allow for this system to flourish.