Spec Lawyer, the hopes of renewables activism depend on the assumption that somehow
a balance of offshore wind, hydropower, onshore wind, solar PV, geothermal, biomass, tidal power, wave power, efficiency, demand-response, pumped-hydro, over-building, connections with other grids...
will add up to enough energy, when there's no evidence that's the case. Instead of accepting the fact that renewables will never constitute a significant source of generation, activists instead kick the can down the road into some future utopia where physics plays by different rules.
Bah. We can substitute this tangled web of Rube Goldbergian nonsense with nuclear, and be done with it.