Some important news:
Robert Embry of the Abell Foundation has recently written to Sen. Ron Wyden, the new head of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, requesting a Senate investigation into the lack of federal funding for aneutronic fusion !
Please see the following links:
Abell Foundation Letter to Sen Wyden
If you have feelings on this subject, please take this opportunity to write to both Sen. Wyden and your local Senators in support of Robert Embry’s request.
For members outside the US, this could be a great time to make contact with your local representatives and raise awareness of focus fusion more generally.
Your letter should be extremely polite, and written IN YOUR OWN WORDS if possible.
Some general advice on writing a letter:
. Say why you are writing (this part it is OK to copy-paste)
. Say why this is important to you.
. Give some background about the present situation.
. Say why you believe federal funding in particular is needed.
. Close with a polite call to action.
. Stick to the point! We want to promote the idea that alternative fusion options could provide clean, safe, inexpensive and unlimited energy.
Making contentious statements about the major facilities (NIF,ITER) is not necessary for our argument, and we don’t want to give the appearance that it is.
This part it is OK to copy-paste:
Dear Senator Wyden,
I am writing in support of the recent request by Robert Embry of the Abell Foundation for a Senate investigation that will ask:
1. Is the current 30-year-old concentration of the US fusion energy program on the tokamak
device and on deuterium-tritium fuels too narrow to lead to economical fusion energy?
2.Should the US fusion energy program be redirected, by legislation if necessary, to fund a
broader range of fusion devices, in particular those capable of using aneutronic fuels, which if
successful could lead to fusion energy that is cheaper than any existing energy sources?
To say why this issue is important to you, just for example:
I feel that in the current energy crisis, aneutronic fusion represents a direction of research that has been overlooked. A future that is free of devastating impacts to the environment and human society is important for us all, whether these impacts come from climate change, hydraulic fracturing, oil spills, or radioactive waste. Although other renewable energy sources may well form part of the picture, the technology for aneutronic fusion would revolutionize the prospects for an immediate switch away from fossil fuels.
To give some background about the present situation that requires action, just for example:
In federal funding of fusion research, most approaches other than the tokamak have been sidelined in recent decades. Yet there are good reasons to think that at least one approach to aneutronic fusion will succeed, because there are multiple competing approaches, such as:
Dense Plasma Focus
Inertial Electrostatic Confinement
There are also neutronic fusion efforts other than the tokamak which private capital has seen fit to fund, including magnetized target fusion (http://www.generalfusion.com/) and field-reversed configuration (http://www.helionenergy.com/) efforts; this also illustrates that the narrow focus on the tokamak has not been the optimal path for fusion research.
You may well be able to think of more reasons to be optimistic about the prospects for aneutronic fusion!
To say why you believe federal funding in particular is needed, just for example:
It is quite possible that private capital alone may not be sufficient in the sector, either due to the up-front investment in basic science research, or the size of investment needed to commercialize a proven concept. In the case of LPP, which claims that in fusion cross-section it is more advanced than Tri-Alpha, it has always been stated that if proof of concept were achieved, a further $100m in funding would be needed to commercialize the prototype.
Close with a polite call to action. Just for example:
I warmly recommend that you should look into this issue because to fail to encourage the development of aneutronic fusion, as much as possible, would be a colossal missed opportunity.
If you are writing a posted letter, the address for Sen. Wyden is:
The Honorable Senator Wyden
221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C., 20510
Note that although Sen. Wyden’s office will not respond to your emails unless you happen to live in Oregon, that does not mean your message will not be read.
His contact page:
In writing to your local Senators, it may be a good idea to make the following points:
. Alert them to what aneutronic fusion is, and what focus fusion is.
. Alert them to Robert Embry’s request to Sen. Wyden and ask them to give their support to it.
. Say why this is important to you, why federal funding is needed, and so on.
. Close with a polite call to action.
Feel free to post your letters below in this thread to help inspire others.
on behalf of FFS Board of Directors