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Commentary By Mark P. Mills

Scientists Have Made a Breakthrough in Fusion — but Don’t Get Carried Away

Energy Technology

I’m going to go out on a limb with a year-end prediction. The old joke in the physics community is still true: fusion is always 50 years away.

That detracts nothing from the news of an awesome scientific accomplishment from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Using its massive, multi-billion-dollar laser machine, the LLNL team finally blasted through the first milestone on the path to practical fusion.

For the first time, albeit briefly, they induced a fusion reaction that produced “net energy,” i.e., the reaction yielded more energy than contained in the laser beams used to fry the fuel pellet. Some news outlets saw this as “a massive step in a decades-long quest to unleash an infinite source of clean energy that could help end dependence on fossil fuels.” Not so fast.

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post


Mark P. Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; a partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, an energy-tech venture fund. 

This piece originally appeared in New York Post