MIT's fully functional plasma research laboratory is shutting down because they cannot pay their electrical bills. Performing fusion plasma research is an expensive proposition, both in electrical energy and operating costs. Unfortunately, it is the success of across-the-board government cutspromoted by the conservative movement over decades that kept the United States from achieving fusion. The Princeton Plasma Research Laboratory budget was slashed starting in the 1980s. If their funding was maintained for fusion research in the prior century, we could have achieved fusion by now and be phasing out carbon fuel power plants with clean hydrogen fusion.
Meanwhile the conservatives cry, “drill baby drill.” Fancy that? Our dependency on fuels like coal & oil is because they are resources that need to be discovered and refined to create energy. With Hydrogen Fusion, energy comes from machines. The amount of hydrogen used in fusion is insignificant compared to barrels of oil or tons of coal. The more hydrogen fusion machines are on-line, the less need for carbon fuels.
We should be investing in fusion research now. Achieving hydrogen fusion energy is game-changing technology. There is a race for hydrogen fusion energy and opportunities with this volatile technology. Forget about ITER, which took 20 years to pour the foundation. Lockheed claimed to achieve fusion in 5 years during a Solve for X talk, but there is no reference on their web site. Both China and Korea are investing in fusion. Independent companies like Lawrenceville Plasma Physics in New Jersey are developing aneutronic fusion, with no risk of neutron exposure compared to Deuterium-Tritium fusion reactions. Even cold fusion, now known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) is making significant progress.
The American Security Project’s $30 Million / 10 year Proposal is $3 Billion spending a year. Funding could be achieved by eliminating tax breaks for the carbon fuel industry, or part of a broader Carbon Tax. Funding a decade-long science program for could have happened any time in the past 30 years. Of course, this will sound like heresy for members of the Tea Party and other conservatives who reject such funding. Conservatives rejoice at “across-the-board” cutting of government spending, always reduces energy research. It is the Tea Party that argues the government is good for nothing, and they prove it all the time!
I challenge George Will and everyone interested in phasing out carbon fuels to support the American Security Project proposal. Contact your Senators and Representatives to increase funding to the levels in the ASP proposal. Let’s not fund Fusion Research piecemeal, but with an “all of the above” approach. This will give our nation’s best and brightest an adequate technical and financial runway to solve our carbon fuel crisis, and create a new energy industry for mankind. The country, region and people who achieve it first will find good paying jobs in advanced technology. They will overthrow the carbon fuel colossus that powers our civilization and poisons our planet.
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