An electron has mass, and therefore has inertia. How does an atom's electric field perpetually overcome an electron's inertia, necessary to hold it in its shell? Does this require continual work to be performed by an atom's electric field, and represent a conservation of energy violation? Do electron elemental and molecular bonds represent an energy violation in the same respect? Is the atom's field not performing work while it influences the motions of electrons?
I understand General Relativity proposes curved space to reconcile energy conservation laws in respect of overcoming an orbiting body's inertia by stating that gravity is not a force, but just objects traveling in straight lines through curved space. However there is no such proposition for the atom?