I mean it, it is the future.
Or rather, to be accurate, it could be the future.
In the core of the sun, the energy production is very slow, thankfully, so the beast lasts a long time. You need about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 collisons between hydrogen nuclei before you get 1 that successfully fuses, and releases all that energy.
Beating those odds in a man-made magnetic plasma container (such as a Tokamak) is proving to be something that will be done by tomorrow, plus 50 years (and repeat).
Boris Johnson obviously believes that the way to show a flourish of leadership is to channel dreams of technical wizardry that goes well beyond the briefings from those experts in the know.
But who believes in experts in magneto-hydrodynamics? Stop over complicating the story you naysayer PhDs. Positive mental attitude will confound physics! Get back in your box experts!
*CUT TO REAL WORLD*
Man-made fusion energy as an answer to the man-made climate emergency by 2040 is not just ignorant, it is a deliberate and cynical attempt to delay action now. It is a form of techno-fetishism that deniers love. Boris Johnson spends a lot of time with these people.
We have relevant solutions available today, and just need to get on with them.
We do indeed have a functionally infinite fusion energy generator available to humanity, and it is free.
It’s called ‘The Sun’ (an astronomical entity, not a rag masquerading as a newspaper).
If man-made fusion energy is commercialised it *MAY BE* relevant to a world *POST* resolving the climate crisis, but is definitely not part, or even maybe part, of that resolution.
It fails key tests I discussed here
Please politicians – left, right and centre – stop playing games and take the climate emergency seriously.
It may surprise you that while Boris’s cult following will swallow anything (almost literally), the rest, and particularly the rising youth, will not.
But I am prepared to compromise. A deal is possible.
Fusion is indeed the future …
… it is the energy from the Sun!
And you might be surprised to hear that it gives rise to …
direct Photovoltaic (PV) capture of that energy,
and indirect forms of capture (e.g. wind energy).
As to man-made fusion, the jury is out (and a distraction for now), and we don’t have time to wait for the verdict.
(c) Richard W. Erskine. 2019