In an Op-Ed for The Washington Times, Bud McFarlane — IP3 Co-Founder and Director and Reagan’s National Security Adviser — outlined the world’s need for the U.S. and allies to lead in building clean nuclear energy in developing economies. The world cannot afford global energy dominance by Russia and China, he warned.
“Concurrent to the foregoing geopolitical turmoil two other evident trends — population growth in emerging markets and urbanization — pose serious challenges and potential opportunities for all of humankind,” McFarlane wrote. “Over the next 30 years global population will grow from 7 billion to 10 billion people.”
“Ninety percent of that growth will occur in non-OECD countries and involve migration to cities where they will require a scale of industrial and social services unparalleled in human history. The need for clean electricity, fresh water and nutritious food will be staggering and will constitute the largest management challenge in human history.
Clearly the dominant provider of that infrastructure will have gained political control and breathtaking profits and will dominate the world. Today those providers stand to be China and Russia.
Nuclear power currently provides the only realistic solution for meeting the predictable demand for clean baseload electricity facing our planet, while concurrently addressing emissions at the scale needed to meet climate objectives.”