Imagine if we had a virtually unlimited source of cheap energy without the nasty CO2 emissions or nuclear waste. I’m not talking about the environmentalist’s idealised perceptions of renewable energy, a technology reliant on government assistance to survive. I’m talking about nuclear fusion.
Lockheed Martin caused quite a stir in the nuclear energy industry as it announced plans to begin work on a nuclear fusion reactor. Speaking at the recent Google “Solve for X” conference on February 7, Charles Chase of Lockheed’s “Skunk Works” said that a prototype 100-megawatt nuclear fusion machine will be tested in 2017, and that a fully operational machine should be grid-ready ten years from now.
A technology with the civilisational-developing, poverty-crushing potential of fossil fuels, but without the greenhouse gas emissions. If such a technology could become economically viable, it wouldn’t matter who was right about global warming. Everyone would agree that fusion would be the way to go, and likely, so would the market.
Some of the more radical environmentalists, however, remain opposed to economic growth, no matter the means used to facilitate it. You can’t win with these people, but their reaction to this development should reveal their true colours.