While paging through the EPCOT Center Book: The Future World of Energy, published in 1984, I noticed that even images demonstrating positive advances in the field of energy production took on a distinctly dystopian illustration style.
The image below shows something the book's authors clearly believe to be an advancement in technology. But I can't then understand why it looks like a vehicle right at home in the dytopian world of Blade Runner. It seems that in the paleo-future, energy is still a dirty business.
Power plants may someday grow their own fuel. Here, a harvesting machine is cutting trees and separating the wood that would be burned to produce electricity.
The Future World of Transportation