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Another potential fusion method?

I think it is time to take a moment and ask “What happens if one of these works?” With a population growth equal to that of Bangladesh, here in CA, many of us have seen the negative consequences. The courts have outlawed slow growth ordinances per se, but allowed for environmental restrictions.

This has meant that, in effect, environmental restrictions have become de facto slow growth rules. Many who could care less about the snail darter or whatever, are, more surreptitiously, glad that such a concern is keeping their rural view and fields the kids play in from turning into another development of cheek to jowl McMansions or high rises, whose residents will be sitting in front of us at the stop light.

The same is true of energy. There are many who feel that expensive energy is the only thing that keeps man from completely mangling nature into a boorish fantasy. There are some real issues here, as well as some disturbing elitism.

But the danger of addressing real issues with surrogates, is that if the surrogates collapse, the dike controlling the real issues fails.

What happens if one of these fusion projects succeeds, and energy does become endless, cheap, and clean. Will we have values, context and ideology for dealing with the real issues when the surrogate restrictions are gone?


All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night
in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

T. E. Lawrence from “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”
The most influential book of my childhood