The National Intelligence Council released a report December 10 anticipating that global energy demand will increase 50 percent over the next 15 to 20 years, and that climate change will exacerbate the demand and severity of the stress. The report, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, finds that demand for food is expected to rise 35 percent by 2030, while water demands are expected to rise by 40 percent; nearly half of the global population will live in areas with severe water stress by 2030. The report concluded that the United States could become energy independent by 2030 because of natural gas production as a result of fracking.