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Fusion reactors, here we come!

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), an experimental nuclear fusion reactor, has officially been approved by seven international parties during a meeting in Belgium. The list of international parties includes the United States, European Union, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and India.  The project will cost an estimated $5.9B USD, and is also the world's biggest scientific collaboration. 

The BBC
reports "We represent more than half of the world's population, and recognize that by working together today we stand a much better chance of tackling the challenges of tomorrow, so energy is an issue of concern for all of us," according to the  EU science and research commissioner, Janez Potocnik.

The end result of the experimental fusion project should be a cheaper, cleaner and safer source of energy.  Global oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions will also theoretically drop if the nuclear fusion reactor is successful.  Fusion is a viable energy source because of natural abundance and availability, while no greenhouse gas emissions will be present.  Another advantage of fusion is that it will not produce any radioactive waste. 

But not everyone is pleased with the news.  Several environmental groups are against the project.  For example, one of the members of the Friends of the Earth group believes it would be a wiser choice to invest in renewable energy and energy conservation.



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RE: Kyoto
By z3R0C00L on 5/26/2006 9:42:07 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yes.. Polar Ice Caps melting, animals going instinct up north.. Grizly Bears mating with Polar Bears (normally would never encounter each other)... You don't live up north.. I do.
Kyoto is not a solution.. it's a stop gap solution to slow things down. We should do both. Embrass Kyoto and work towards renewable energy... Fusion or whatever.
I swear Neo-Conservatives are soo narrow minded they don't see the big picture.


RE: Kyoto
By Oscarine on 5/26/2006 10:44:51 AM , Rating: 2
Oh sure its just these quote on quote Neo-Conservatives, get a grip buddy.

I'm all for environmental reform, however your statements are just as insane and partisan as the politicians espousing there sentiment on the same issues.

As for not living up north... I grew up in Palmer Alaska how far "north" are you Point Barrow or something? Living on the north pole itself? :P


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