Fusion Finance Conversation:  An Invitation

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Fusion, the energy that powers the sun, has the potential to supply abundant, safe, clean, sustainable baseline power for all mankind, for a billion years. 

We are blocked from fusion’s transformative upside, however, by the technical challenges involved in attaining it. Yet, instead of rolling up our sleeves and giving the problem the appropriate resources it deserves, the fusion program is on the chopping block  and many innovative approaches have already been eliminated. 

How can we make the correct asset allocation decisions to bring about success in fusion?  How can creative financing accelerate the development of fusion?

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Fusion costs about as much as Halloween Pet Costumes

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Crowdfunding Fusion Investment

Apr 27, 2012

Someone once said, “You’ll never crowd fund fusion.”  Someone else said, “I prefer soliciting funds for fusion from the Government, not from people.”

But we already crowdfund fusion:  The US Income Tax system is one of the most thoroughly designed and executed crowdfunding systems we have.  Government money is taxpayer money is people’s money. 

US Federal Budget Process

Apr 26, 2012

In February, the US President issued the FY2013 budget, which was an utter disaster for the US fusion program

Fusion supporters:  Were you thrilled when you heard the House Restored the Fusion Budget?  Were you crushed when you heard the Senate kept it at the initial level?  Welcome to bungee budget!

House Subcommittee Releases Official Markup:  Recommends $76M more for Fusion

Apr 24, 2012

The House Appropriations Committee has released its official markup (pdf) of the Energy, Water and Appropriations Bill, with a large increase in fusion research funding.  [See also:  Statement by Chairman of the Committee on restoring the fusion budget].

House Subcommittee Markup Restores Fusion Budget

Apr 18, 2012

Great news out of Washington:  The House of Representatives Subcommittee has marked up the FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to restore fusion.
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Bill Gates’ Dream of Fission

Apr 13, 2012

Bill Gates is a strong supporter of nuclear fission rather than fusion.  By his example with fission, he reveals a better way to approach and market the fusion program.

OFES Magnetic Fusion Energy Grant Opportunity:  $2,500,000

Mar 28, 2012

GRANT NAME:  Theoretical Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Science

Adding Fusion to the Billion Dollar Gram

Mar 10, 2012

Information Is Beautiful has put together an eloquent infographic:  The Billion Dollar Gram.  “Billions spent on this, billions spent on that, it’s all relative, right?”

Have we spent too much on fusion?

Mar 10, 2012

The Jacket of Charles Seife’s book, Sun in a Bottle, states:  “Scientists and governments have spent almost unfathomable wealth trying to fulfill the dream of fusion.”  Is it unfathomable?

Bowfinger Syndrome in Fusion

Mar 10, 2012

How much cash and sweat equity is it going to take to make a great fusion game?  A great fusion website?  Great fusion?

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