A survey by the Institute of Civil Engineers has revealed that we are largely unaware of the potential crisis looming if the UK does not address its future energy supplies.
Only one in four of us would back the construction of nuclear power plants in this country, the ICE revealed.
It also labelled the Government "irresponsible" for avoiding debate on nuclear as a energy source for the future.
Such a comment would outrage a long-standing antinuclear lobby who have diligently campaigned against UK nuclear power.
However, the brutal fact is that if we continue to consume fossil fuels at our current rate, UK energy supplies will be depleted.
Although estimates for how long it will take vary, research already shows the UK is expected to move from a netexporter to importer of natural gas over the next two years. The figures are similar for oil.
Imported energy puts the country at risk of unreliable supply chains and competitive market forces as we vie for increasingly scarce fossil fuels.
Many have suggested that the UK will find its energy security answer in renewable energy, which is absolutely true...to a point.
Positive attitudes towards water, wind, solar and biomass energy are often quickly dropped in favour of the 'Not in My Back Yard' approach and this needs to stop. Renewables should be embraced by us all.
However, approaching the problem realistically, renewables are not the complete answer. Most can not produce energy on a scale near the level that this country consumes.
Those that have the potential to do so, including tidal stream and nuclear fission, are still in early development stages and are nowhere near ready to provide a practical solution to the problem.
The survey by the ICE highlights our current lack of understanding. The public prediction is that renewables would contribute nearly a third of electricity by 2020.
The reality is likely to be 15 per cent at best.
In addition to increasing our energy efficiency, it is obvious that we need something to meet this shortfall.
According to the ICE, nuclear is already safely supplying 22 per cent of the UK's energy needs. In many countries it produces much more.
One of the biggest barrier to the problem is, as with renewables, our NIMBY attitudes to such plants.
I am sure that many of us would be willing to take steps if a nuclear plant was sited near our community.
However, how many of us are willing to take responsibility that, without accepting and investing in a combination of renewable and nuclear power, we could be moving into a new age of a country and economy blighted by high energy prices, low energy security, rationing and black outs?
The sad truth is, not many of us. However, if we are all willing to admit that fossil fuels are not going to be around forever, then it is about time we took our heads out of the sand and properly debated the future for energy in this country.
If that means looking again at nuclear - we will just have to bite the bullet.