Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Fusion President?

What Presidential candidate is most up on fusion and specifically the Bussard Fusion Reactor Program. Interesting question. Which candidate was interested enough to have his staffers look deeper into it in August of 2007? The answer? John McCain.

A week ago I attended a lecture given by Sen John McCain given to the Economic Club of South West Michigan.

In the question and answer session following the lecture I asked about resuming funding for Robert Bussard's project. Sen McCain said that he was unaware of the project but would like to talk to me about it.

Afterwards a aid of his spoke with me and I emailed a summary to them.

The packet I forwarded to the aid had most of what is on the Mr. Strout's web site, except the youtube vids.

I tried to insert some summaries, such as excerpts from the "Fighting for fusion"[pdf] article, rather than simply links.
Since then of course the project has been funded and experiments are ongoing. None of the other candidates that I am aware of have evidenced any similar interest in any kind of fusion let alone the Bussard Fusion Reactor. BTW the funding resumed in late August of 2007. I wonder if John McCain had anything to do with it? Did he go to the Navy and ask what's up? Interesting speculation. Maybe we will find out some day.

Just another reason I'm going to vote for John McCain in November.

Cross Posted at Classical Values


Anonymous said...

I see you Bussardigans still have no verifiable evidence to show the world. Oh, I forgot: "We got plasma". That's enough "evidence" for you right?

So what's the word from Dr. Nebelwerfer, etal? I am going to take a stab and say that, as always, you are merely "a matter of months" from making history?? Tell me where to send the Nobel prize.

linearthinker said...

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M. Simon said...


Patience my friend. The Tokamak people have been making promises for decades.

We will know around September if the Polywell device is worth more effort.

What is the Tokamak refrain? Give us more money.

Jerry said...

The Tokamak concept has turned into a long term government jobs program. Yeah, they get to play with neat toys - but they don't have to produce anything useful, since it's still '50 years off'.

Cut the budget in half, pass it to EMC, and stand back.