Sunday, April 28, 2013


April 28 2013
Paris, France – Energy production has long been, really from the first manmade fires, a dangerous and risky thing. It is an essentially thing of course, increasingly so in the modern world, but it has always been dangerous, risky, and dirty.
Whether it’s burning coal, digging dams, fracking natural gas, or fueling nuclear reactors all forms of energy creation carry inherent risks and all, all, have a lifespan meaning that those risks have to constantly be undertaken. Until now there has been no way around that, the risk native to energy creation, until now.
Long a fantasy in the world of energy production, it appears that scientists have finally, after years of hand-wringing and debate, managed to get around to trying to figure out how to harness the power of the Sun and nuclear fusion which, in theory, would give us limitless clean energy. Of course they still have to do it and will be spending billions to just try, but at least they are trying now and not just talking about it like they so often do.
“It is the largest scientific collaboration in the world. In fact, the project is so complex we even had to invent our own currency – known as the Iter Unit of Account – to decide how each country pays its share,” said Carlos Alejaldre who is the head of safety on the project. “We’ve passed from the design stage to being a construction project. We will have to show it is safe. If we cannot convince the public that this is safe, I don’t think nuclear fusion will be developed anywhere in the world.”
In all, 34 countries will be spending a whole lot of money to build a facility in the mountains of France to try this fusion thing finally.
It’s not clear if the technology is actually at a level where it could work, but they are trying so that’s at least something.
“Getting past this barrier and actually generating power from nuclear fusion would be an incredible step forward for all humanity, it could really push us into a new era for the species. We know it’s possible, it happens all the time, we just suck at doing it,” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe. “There really isn’t any other way to put it, we just suck at it. The Sun does it all the time, constantly, and there are trillions of stars out there doing it all the time and we can’t even get it working on a small scale.”
Nuclear fission is something we of course have down pat, well all of us aside from Iran.
“Having a limitless source of power, and a clean one to boot, would free up so many other resources and bring production to all corners of the globe. It would change the human species and arguably be the most important invention in history, so it’s good that they are trying,” continued Poe. “Not only would it improve life on Earth but we would finally be able to build colonies in space and do all kinds of really cool things. It would really allow us to be the species we have always dreamt of, so again it’s great that they are trying finally, after all this time, rather than just like talking about it.”
It’s not clear if all that money and effort will actually be expended wisely, or just expended.
Anna Phillips,