Build a Small-Scale Fusion Power Plant

Howard Hornfeld
December 3, 2014

Incremental reductions in CO2 and other GHGs are "feel good" actions but simply cannot meet the absolute necessity of reducing emissions to virtually zero asap. On a global scale it is expected that three times the total present US population will become NEW consumers of electricity within the next 20 years (15% of the world's population today has never used any electricity, etc.). When electric vehicles (cars and trucks) become the norm, which they will, electricity will be needed. When desert countries need drinking water, electricity will be needed to run desalination.plants.
For major baseload electricity, there is only one good answer: fusion energy. The US was the leader in Fusion Energy R&D until recently; now it is China, Korea, Japan and the EU. But we can change that; MIT can change that. My group, FUSION ADVOCATES, can change that - at MIT! Send me an email if this challenges you: fusionadvocates@bluewin.ch.

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Daniel Wendel on December 4, 2014

Agreed! The only way to actually halt climate change is to bring carbon (and other gas and pollutant) levels back to their historic levels. But our demand for energy is only growing as technology spreads and the population grows. Maybe it doesn't have to be fusion power (high-efficiency solar would be fine at least for now), but I think by far the most important investment MIT can make in the environment is in clean energy technology.