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The Verge: The US National Intelligence Council, representing the 17 intelligence agencies of the US government, says that “we are at a critical juncture in human history” in its fifth Global Trends report. The report details the challenges facing the species in the coming decades; the council says that many positive developments in health, education, and governance will propel human civilization, but that the threat of conflict could emerge as supplies of food and water become more scarce.

The Diplomatic News: The American Century is drawing to a close, and the US Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the Global Trends 2030 report

NY Times: A new intelligence assessment of global trends projects that China will outstrip the United States as the leading economic power before 2030, but that America will remain an indispensable world leader, bolstered in part by an era of energy independence.

London Financial Times:

  • Pax Americana ‘winding down’
  • China will be the world’s largest economy by 2030 but the US will still remain “first among equals” in the international system
  • Europe, Japan and Russia will continue to experience relative decline
  • Asia will come to dwarf the rest of the world in terms of its economic and military power
  • The wave of Islamist terrorism is likely to have ended by 2030
  • The US will be energy independent and could be a significant exporter of energy
  • Advances in manufacturing technologies could reduce the need for outsourcing

Here is what the report says about renewable energy. It makes Hawaii look like a fool by wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to produce Kilo-Watts instead of Mega-Watts (1 MW = 1,000 KM):

“With shale gas, the US will have sufficient natural gas to meet domestic needs and generate potential global exports for decades to come. Increased oil production from difficult-to-access oil deposits would result in a substantial reduction in the US net trade balance and faster economic expansion. Global spare capacity may exceed over 8 million barrels, at which point OPEC would lose price control and crude oil prices would collapse, causing a major negative impact on oil-export economies.”

“The IEA’s baseline scenario shows the share of renewables rising just 4 percent during the 2007-2050 period. Hydropower accounts for the overwhelming majority of renewables in this scenario, with wind and solar energy providing 5 and 2 percent contributions in 2050 respectively. Their contributions in 2030 would be even less.”

The 170 page report can be downloaded here: National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2030

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