[ExI] Lack of interest
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Mon May 19 09:57:43 UTC 2008
On Mon, May 19, 2008 at 1:42 AM, Kevin H <kevin.l.holmes at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think people get so enamored with futurism that they forget presentism: fusion isn't here yet. It's still experimental, and what I call over the horizon technology. Not that it is *just* over the horizon, but that we really don't know how far away it is, nor do we know if it is there at all. All we know is that they've been putting incredible resources into developing it and, I'm hopeful, but I think it deserves less confidence than *proven* technology.
"Fusion" per se is abundantly proven, e.g., exactly in solar power
(not to mention in H bombs).
Sure, we are still far away from the details of a workable,
sustainable fusion reactor, but there again space solar power is not
exactly any technological bread-and-butter of your average energy
company these days; and as for the "incredible resources" devoted to
fusion reactor research, it took decades and ten different countries
to put together the cheap change of the ITER project (*one hundredth*
of the cost of the Iraq campaign).
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