Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Fusion in the mainstream

I was surprised and quite pleased when I turned on the Today programme this morning to hear that the lead story in the news about ITER. Although agreement on ITER had been agreed in principle some time ago, the formal deal was signed in Paris today, which is what the media were reporting on. It's pleasing to see the mainstream media finally take notice of a technology that I think will be very important for world energy needs over the coming century.

The Today programme even followed up on the story in their featured interview pulling in a chap from Friends of the Earth to argue against it. Well, that's unfair, he was actually saying that fusion is a long-term investment and that the money would be better spent in the short term on renewables. I can see where he's coming from on that, and I believe that investment in renewable energy is woefully lacking, but I still think that the money going into ITER and other fusion projects is well worth the investment.

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