We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Energy is already almost free, in a sense. It all comes as a gift from Mr. Sun, ultimately (except nuclear - I mean nucular). Somebody has to process it a bit, and bring it to us, but cheap and easy energy is a foundation of the way that we already live in the US.
Imagine having to gather sticks for heat and fuel.
Who says nuclear power doesn't come from stars? All the elements except hydrogen, helium, and in tiny traces, lithium are the results of supernovae, which are the death throes of stars. That's where uranium comes from. All the elements in our bodies come from that source as well. We all have "star stuff" in us. We make trans-uranic elements in reactors and accellerators, but it's all done with elements and energy that originated in star activity...
And, not to get side-tracked, but, if energy were totally free, we'd use it to make really nice stuff that some people would point to as an excuse for killing us. We'd live longer. We'd also go to the stars, meet new and interesting creatures, some of which (whom?) would want to kill, eat or enslave us. We'd probably find both the "Eden" planet and the "ugly planet, a bug planet." As the wag once said, it'd be "same old tears on a new background..."