The Future is Fusion

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    Fusion energy is limitless and waste free. But more to the point, when it becomes commercially viable not only will it solve nearly all of earth’s energy problems, it will also combat CO2 emissions and make redundant the wave energy, solar panel and windpower installations that currently pollute the landscape and will do so for years to come. However, geo-thermal energy will be useful.

    Excerpt from: The future is fusion - On Line Opinion - 7/9/2010
     
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    We already have one fusion reactor. It is called, in english, the Sun. It think it is quite near enough where it is now.
     
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    Ummmmm did you read past that paragraph?

    The article seems to raise far more concerns about its viability then anything.
     
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    we've been over this before.... the creation of a "baby star" is the technology of the future, and always will be.

    A global economic system that is rotting at the core and depending on socialism (bailouts) will not be around in 30 years to buoy star creation.

    Not coincidentally, I just saw Wall St. 2 this afternoon, and fusion technology investment is at the heart of the script. .... Of course, its success or failure never gets resolved at the end, which is fitting.
     
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    Last I heard experts believed viable application of this technology was still 50 years away.

    Have they revised that number at all?
     
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    50 years would be the outside number. That could be brought much closer, if we made it a national priority, like the Space Race. How long would it take to have viable solar and wind generating plants? Not much less, IMO, so why waste the time, since in about double that 50 years oil will be running dry?
     
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    getting net energy from fusion might literally be impossible. even in a hundred years.
     
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    I do so enjoy it when people prove they know less about science than the average idiot. Nothing is limitless. Everything produces waste. What makes hydrogen fusion attractive is that helium is not something that most people consider a pollutant. What makes it dangerous is that we have to figure out a way to build a star and contain it.
     

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