"Asking for a burn there codejunky, obviously!"
Always happy to upset people with the truth.
"Medium term; slapping up many more windmills, panels and addressing grid stability concerns over distributed gen (probably with lots of storage systems) is viable."
The issue with this is its a technology that doesnt really work without a technology that doesnt exist. Millions are being paid to stop near 50% of wind energy production due to grid instability and thats just in Scotland. These technologies just aint viable for grid deployment. That is one of the major reasons for European countries being dependent on gas.
"Coal can at least be sourced in large quantities from strategic allies (notably Australia)."
As a short term solution its probably the best one for now. It works, and works well. Its also affordable which is greatly important right now especially as the green madness has shot prices up. Long term I am not fussy, I can see nukes, coal, gas, etc working but I would like to see the costs of the green madness borne on those who inflicted it on us while working on making it viable if possible.
"And in the meantime we have to do our damnedest to get unhooked from fossil full stop, because doing so unhooks the geopolitical power over us that the oil states have."
I think the idea of unhooking ourselves from fossil fuel is a dream far away. There is a fertilizer problem currently as gas is needed to produce it. Plastics are not going away however much that upsets environmentalists. And we need energy which we have yet to find a viable alternate source. As for supply we do have a fair amount of gas and coal in the country we could access but also we source globally. The green madness cut down our gas reserves and phased out power generation.
Geopolitical power was damaged when green madness pushed Germany and others to rely on Russian gas to keep the lights on. Now Germans are being told to freeze to hurt Putin instead of the truth that they just dont have the gas required. Thats geopolitical weakness