[permaculture] Should Google Go Nuclear? Clean, cheap...

trevor william johnson john2116 at msu.edu
Mon Mar 3 14:24:01 EST 2008

I listened to dr. bussards talk and unless you have a background in  
physics and nuclear chemistry it is incomprehensible.  From what i  
understood the abstract below is right on with its description.  This  
process, although made of super high technology does not produce any  
radioactive waste and cycles its waste products back into the energy  
producing system.   One of the last questions in the Q&A section was  
interesting.  It was asked how long until we see this in action.    
Bussards response was possibly never because of the paradigm  
paralysis tat pervades government labs.

Does anyone else have comment on this?  I think this is very  


On Mar 2, 2008, at 9:45 PM, Lawrence F. London, Jr. wrote:

> Should Google Go Nuclear? Clean, cheap...
> http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1996321846673788606
> Google Tech Talks November 9, 2006
> ABSTRACT This is not your father's fusion reactor! Forget  
> everything you know about conventional thinking on nuclear
> fusion: high-temperature plasmas, steam turbines, neutron radiation  
> and even nuclear waste are a thing of the past.
> Goodbye thermonuclear fusion; hello inertial electrostatic  
> confinement fusion (IEC), an old idea that's been made new.
> While the international community debates the fate of the  
> politically-turmoiled $12 billion ITER (an experimental
> thermonuclear reactor), simple IEC reactors are being built as high- 
> school science fair projects.
> Dr. Robert Bussard, former Asst. Director of the Atomic Energy  
> Commission and founder of Energy Matter Conversion
> Corporation (EMC2), has spent 17 years perfecting IEC, a fusion  
> process that converts hydrogen and boron directly into
> electricity producing helium as the only waste product. Most of  
> this work was funded by the Department of Defense, the
> details of which have been under seal... until now.
> Dr. Bussard will discuss his recent results and details of this  
> potentially world-altering technology, whose conception
> dates back as far as 1924, and even includes a reactor design by  
> Philo T. Farnsworth (inventor of the scanning television).
> Can a 100 MW fusion reactor be built for less than Google's annual  
> electricity bill? Come see what's possible when you
> think outside the thermonuclear box and ignore the herd.  «
> ////////////////////////
> this gentleman sounds a little like Buckminster Fuller and with  
> similar ambition and vision
> watch this video all the way through, it will be worth it
> many topics are covered related to alternative energy sources from  
> fusion to anhydrous alcohol
> to benefit all countries and all levels of societies in thos countries
> Toby & Hugh: Watch this and give us your review.
> Cheers,
> LL
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