mandating large-scale, centralised generation and correspondingly
complicated transmission. Perhaps the power generation problem needs
the attention of a fresh set of eyes.
You wrote "fact" when you should have written "assumption". There are
plenty of examples* of "affordable, distributed, small-scale power
generation." If our governments would more pro-actively encourage (e.g.
subsidize) local power generation via renewable energy sources (e.g.
solar, wind, hydro) it would go a long way towards solving this problem.