Make no mistake, the tech research solutions proposed 25 years ago would now be paying off, making billionaires of the successful implementers and giving the rest of us the energy we crave.
The same could be said for energy production in America. Had the Enviro-wackos not filed endless lawsuits, appeals and delaying tactics, then the U.S. could have sufficient modern nuclear reactors, gassified goal and oil production to be completely energy independent. The technology has been available for quite some time, but the permitting process and the legal battles creating years or decades of delays create an environment where the costs to pursue energy projects can never be recovered.
Take an astronaut to launch.