Energy dependency – or better known as nations’ need to be politically aligned to countries rich in coal and oil reserves – is one of the most destabilising factors in the world today. The Middle East and Russia are major contributors to fossil fuel requirements globally and any human rights issues or political regime doubts have to come second to our need for their resources.
There is a large weight of opinion to support the belief that the Iraq Wars, and possibly the Afghanistan War, were fought because of vital supplies of oil. Certainly one of the abiding images in history from the time of the first Gulf War was the burning oil fields in Kuwait, after Saddam Hussain invaded and then torched a whole area of the country before retreating back into Iraq. Such is the wealth surrounding oil that Saudi Arabia continues to be a strong ally of western nations despite an abysmal human rights record.
Russia’s coal fields and gas supply also continues to keep Russia on the world stage. Russia’s economic influence is marginal and Putin should really only be a bit player in the world. However, his hand is seriously increased because a large number of countries rely on the energy that come out of Russian fields. So, if you ever wondered why Russia could go largely unchallenged when invading Ukraine, you need only look at the rich list of natural resources the country boasts.
Reliance on neutron based power also makes nuclear weapon proliferation more likely. The leap between nuclear power and weaponized uranium is sometimes difficult to discern. Large convoys of nuclear waste are often transported around the world and the seizure of such material is a constant threat to world security. To prevent entirely the expansion of nuclear arsenal and the constant threat of MAD, a switch to energy that does not need neutron based fuel is essential. Not only that but fusion power is thought capable of being used in laser based technology or a railgun that would make missiles redundant.