Thursday, February 3, 2011

How Much Would You Pay For Free Energy?

Many activists and politicians who say greenhouse gases pose an existential crisis to earthlings oppose the relatively quick and easy fix of building more nuclear power plants. Maybe the third way is a massive investment in fusion power, which Glen Wurden at the Los Alamos National Laboratory says he could bring on line immediately -- if:
Wurden says the biggest impediment to controlled fusion has been a lack of resources. “If you gave me an infinite amount of money, I [could] produce a fusion reactor tomorrow. On the other hand, if you gave me a billion dollars a year for 20 years, that’s the other extreme. Is there a way to do it faster? Yeah, I think there is. Somewhere between one day and 20 years is the right number.”

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