That is an understatement. Current 'green' religion prohibits new hydropower or nuclear development which would be the best way to displace hydrocarbons.
As you are aware, I am not fan of the religious hysteria on and around CO2. My beef is that this obscures the reality of pollution issues caused by hydrocarbon use. In any event the hysteria on our current 1950's Nuclear technology is delaying real progress and has enabled conversion from coal to natural gas. This is the only real choice our laws and litigious society has left Utilities to use.
Yes, Natural gas is cleaner than coal, but what could we do with current Nuclear technology? A lot - there are many solutions today that create much safer environments than those used in the Soviet Union, Japan or at 3 Mile Island. Imagine crippling the renewable industry by stating they had to use technology that was from the same era as our current nuclear fleet.