The surging global energy demand may be the world's largest concern. Fundamental to growth and vital for improving the human condition yet at odds with sustainable development and outpacing regional infrastructure, its significance cannot be overstated. Cognizant of its own growth/sustainability paradox, China currently has the world's fastest growing wind sector and its nuclear generation is expected to increase four-fold by 2020. Latin America has dire infrastructure issues of its own. Though the region has moved beyond its history of authoritarian rule and many countries have recovered from the liberalization-based economic shocks of the past quarter century, power distribution may now be the leading obstacle to regional growth. Much of Africa and parts of Southeast Asia face similar challenges and need to prioritize energy infrastructure.
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