Universal Energy is designed to solve human civilization's core problem: resource scarcity
Solving Resource Scarcity
It is a revolutionary shift in perspective towards how we generate energy and acquire resources as a society. Its purpose is to solve resource scarcity, which today alongside climate change stands as one of the greatest threats to humanity's long-term existence. Although the world's governments rightfully grow concerned with climate change, our collapsing global ecosystem and a staggering loss of biodiversity, these problems obscure an even graver problem: we are running out of natural resources as our population rapidly expands.
It took humanity 200,000 years to reach 1.5 billion people in 1910. By 2015 we had reached 7.4 billion - twice the population of 1975. That's a 400% jump in the last 1/2000th of our history, and we're on track to hit 9 billion by 2040.
Alongside a rapidly developing global economy, this population explosion has led to accelerating resource extraction. As a result, human civilization risks running out of water, cheap oil and as a result of both, food.
This places our world in a precarious position. The Middle East, North Africa, India and China are some of the driest areas on the planet. Combined, these regions have a population of roughly 3 billion people. As you read this, India’s and China’s water supplies are polluted upwards of 80%. There are already 65 million displaced people fleeing conflict and unlivable conditions worldwide - a number that increases 12 million annually. So it's worth asking ourselves: what happens to global security when 100 million people run out of water? 500 million? Higher than that?
The future state of oil is equally troubling. While we've found plenty of shale and tar sand oil reserves to power our nation for the immediate future, oil companies fail to mention how expensive that oil is to extract - between five to seven times higher than crude oil sourced from Middle Eastern sand. As global oil demand increases alongside depleting conventional oil reserves, and we have a recipe for a steep spike in future prices.
Alongside growing global water scarcity, the most serious impact of the future costs of oil is its impact on food prices. Growing food relies heavily on both oil and water, so if these resources become significantly more expensive, the same goes for the price of food.
The possibility of water, oil and food becoming more scarce and thus expensive at the same time stands to severely impact the global economy and cause massive social unrest. It also presents the possibility for conflict on a global scale. Behind nearly every war that's ever been waged, the underlying cause was resource scarcity and the economic damage caused as a result, a trend that's unlikely to change as we approach a resource crisis unprecedented in human history.
On a planet that's home to more than 15,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of nine countries, that's a terrifying prospect that requires a real solution. And Universal Energy is designed to be that.
Universal Energy is a framework of energy technologies designed to generate enough energy - on a large enough scale and at a low enough cost - to enable the synthetic production of the five most critical resources for human civilization:
Water. Food. Electricity. Fuel. Building Materials
The primary goal of the American Alliance Party is to implement Universal Energy within the United States and sell its technologies abroad. In doing so, we seek to bring our society to a way of life where energy and resources are both abundant and trivially inexpensive - not just to solve the problems of our time, but also to invest in the construction of a better world with a brighter future than the one we see today.