Pierre Leblatz was at his desk in the coolant facility located at FR 7734, one of America’s nuclear fusion reactors that came out of France’s ITER research. The big push in the late 2030’s to construct these very expensive power plants was to bring down CO2 levels in the atmosphere due to human industrialization. As these generating stations came on line, coal fired powerplants were shut down and left standing as monuments to show future generations just how advanced mankind has progressed. With the entire coal industry crushed, the displaced workers have been hired by the new fusion plants as coolant consultants. They basically cool the radiators with a sensu, a Japanese folding paper fan. These minions are part of the colossal industry that was formed to save the planet from man’s careless use of fossil fuels. Without controls, man’s desire to make money had him pumping CO2 into the atmosphere for centuries and created a greenhouse effect that threatened to turn earth into another Venus. Situated on the coast of northern Maine, this 4-year-old fusion reactor has brought about a few changes to the sparsely populated state. The first is an influx of personnel to man this station and bring rise to support industries that cater to human migration. Liquor stores and fast food restaurants have sprung up like weeds. Second is the tourist industry, as the bleed heat from the 100,000,000°C reactor has warmed the air around the coast. The state still maintains it moniker as the Pine Tree State, but the pine that is thriving is the Norfolk Island Pine, a favorite of the subtropical climate. The vast majority of the heat is distilled into the ocean where it greatly enhances the Gulf Stream.  Europe’s winter heating bills have dropped in half. Greenland, known as the world’s biggest island, is completely enveloped in a perpetual fog bank.  Some maps have changed the name of this ‘lost island’ to a more intriguing title, SKULL ISLAND. A new theme park is planned.

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