Though solar power has received hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies since 2009, even Renewables Now has to concede that it hasn't gained any ground . Unless you are a wealthy nation adding solar and wind as an intellectual placebo for voters, you can't rely on it. It is an adjuvant to real energy, like music therapy is to a chemo patient.H/T Michael Shellenburger of Environmental Progress.The reason is simple. Solar and wind are great for rich people when they work, but their backups are still fossil fuels and they still run full-time. Manhattan residents fund the political party firmly on Team Solar, Team Organic, and Team Supplement rather than Team Science - at least until poor people get hot enough and they change their ways.