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Potentially revolutionary renewable energy technology.

This would be very cool (in a figurative sense), if this technology was able to be used in real-world applications:

What if a laser-powered fusion energy power plant that would have all the reliability of coal, without the carbon dioxide, all the cleanliness of wind and solar, without having to worry about the sun not shining or the wind not blowing, and all the scale of nuclear, without all the waste, was indeed just 10 years away or less? That would be a holy cow game-changer.

Read the whole article to find out what this process involves. It’s rather Star-Trekkish, but basically it involves firing 192 lasers simultaneously at a special container the size of an aspirin tablet that contains frozen hydrogen that would be super-heated (and I mean super-heated).

One other thing noteworthy in this article:

I don’t know if they can pull this off; some scientists are skeptical. Laboratory-scale nuclear fusion and energy gain is really hard. But here’s what I do know: President Obama’s stimulus package has given a terrific boost to renewable energy. It will pay lasting benefits. And we need to keep working on all forms of solar, geothermal and wind power. They work. And the more they get deployed, the more their costs will go down. But, in addition, we need to make a few big bets on potential game-changers. I am talking about systems that could give us abundant, clean, reliable electrons and drive massive innovation in big lasers, materials science, nuclear physics and chemistry that would benefit, energize and renew many U.S. industries.

This would be the same stimulus package that outspends Harper’s stimulus by a margin of 6-1 per capita on green jobs, renewable energy, and related policy, and the same stimulus package that Harper was taking potshots at in his little private Conservative pep talk on Friday.

If technology like previously described comes about because of Obama’s massive investment in it and other green technologies as the columnist asserts, he’ll be the one having the last laugh, and Canada will be the one suffering due to Harper’s short-sightedness and stubborn refusal to commit seriously to fighting climate change, and instead hoping Obama leaves the tar-sands alone.

4 comments to Potentially revolutionary renewable energy technology.

  • kwittet

    The point i notice missing is what is the liberal plan..i see people ripping harper for doing nothing but no links to what iggy would do??

    Before you libs throw stones take a long hard look at Mcguinty…I PROMISE to close those nasty coal fired plants in his first mandate..one that is close to where i live…scot..i think you may be closer and a bit north than me by a few kms

    told you..they are all a bunch of liars
    they are still going

  • The Rat

    Yeah, IF this happens and IF that happens and IF that happens THEN we’ll really show that Harper bastard! Living in your own little fantasy world must be really comforting. Now, back in reality, shouldn’t we use tax dollars taken from Canadians to do actual, real work that WILL, no IFs, benefit the economy? And IF Obama’s Green dream comes through I have to think that he may actually be willing to sell it to us, you know, to recover that investment they made. So I don’t see how buying someone else’s way cool technology makes Canadians “suffer”.

    • Gee Rat, maybe we should, you know, be taking steps to developing this technology so we can be world leaders in it – to be able to sell it to the world and create green jobs and money and investments for ourselves, rather then wait for the Americans to develop it and have us buy it and be supporting their industry.

      I know Harper and his supporters like you want to be followers of Obama now to try to draft off his popularity (while secretly ripping him in private), but the backwardness you’ve just displayed here is to the point of absurdity.

  • Sherry

    There could be no better investment in America than to invest in America becoming energy independent! We need to utilize everything in out power to reduce our dependence on foreign oil including using our own natural resources.Create cheap clean energy, new badly needed green jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.The high cost of fuel this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The cost of fuel effects every facet of consumer goods from production to shipping costs. After a brief reprieve gas is inching back up.OPEC will continue to cut production until they achieve their desired 80-100. per barrel.If all gasoline cars, trucks, and SUV’s instead had plug-in electric drive trainsthe amount of electricity needed to replace gasoline is about equal to the estimated wind energy potential of the state of North Dakota.There is a really good new book out by Jeff Wilson called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com

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