From: Glenn Morton (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Sep 06 2002 - 00:14:55 EDT
>> Ian Hutchinson, a prominent fusion researcher at MIT, gave one of the
>> keynote lectures at the ASA meeting at Pepperdine. Hopefully, we'll
>> have the audio up soon. During the Q&A time someone asked about the
>> relative national priority concering the human genome project
>> (Francis Collins had just spoken earlier that day) and what might be
>> the consequences if fusion became as high a priority.
>> Hutchinson didn't hesitate to suggest that fusion research does not
>> have the priority that it could/should have and that more progress
>> could be made if it were a higher priority.
>> That's about how much I know about the subject, but it was
>> interesting to hear it from an insider. Maybe this helps on the
>> dispute between you and Walter.
I absolutely agree with Hutchison, that we are not putting enough money into
fusion research. To me, after looking at all the options, this is the only
one with a realistic chance of creating enough energy for human kind to make
a real difference. In 1% of the world's deuterium, there is 500,000 times
more energy than is contained in all the worlds fossil fuels that will ever
be burned. Given what I know about world oil production, I would prefer to
spend our money on something that will make a difference--fusion, not wind
energy or a Mother Jones contraption.
Walter is correct that there is no US program for fusion. We withdrew from
several international programs because we gave up. y the way, I am not on
the list so cc me on things along this line.
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