I think you're right about the far left ecofreaks, but I definitely see the center shifting lately. I work in the hydroelectic industry and have seen an amazing shift in general public perception over the past decade. We're also dabbling in the newly evolving ocean energy sector and the public is amazingly willing to consider developing these projects in comparison to other alternative energy sources (conventional hydro, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, methane...). Maybe because it's not in their backyards?
Now for Nuclear? I see the center shifting to a serious consideration of nuclear here as well especially when the topic of global warming comes up. No free lunch folks - and we're getting used to having to compromise as a nation. We'll just have to find the "right" backyard here to successfully sell nuclear into the future.
IMO this is the ONLY roadblock. The rest is self explanatory.
```We'll just have to find the "right" backyard here to successfully sell nuclear into the future.```
Uh, walt_disney, it's called a superfund site. Look up "brio neighborhood". That "backyard" was loaded with VOCs (mostly solvents). Nuclear waste is a tad more hot than benzene. Posterity, I'm sure, would be thrilled to find that their entire planet is a Superfund site.