There is a serious, critical brain shortage but no energy shortage.
Western populations are stupid and they are getting worse by the hour. Their own leadership is their worst enemy and they are inside the gates.
So are a lot of other enemies of all flavors. The majority of law abiding people in the West are now cast as the villains just by waking up in the morning, paying taxes and going to work. Something is really wrong here and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see it.
Stupid people can't solve their own problems. They can whine and waffle, organize committees and discuss the problem forever ... but they can't do anything about them.
China is leaping ahead of the West on a daily basis even as it degenerates back into a third world hellhole. The question is not if China is going to rule the world. The question is if the United States is going to let them. The West already lost that battle a long time ago. Now we will see if they slip into meaninglessness gracefully or go out in a fit of destructive war the same way empires have always gone out.