Well, as more and more nuclear reactors seem to be having cooling pumping station troubles or other such plumbing problems, the plaintive cry is "why don't we have fusion yet?" After all, it's clean, cheap, much less dangerous than fission reactors (...er, that's right isn't it?). Well we've invested billions in the last few decades on chaining up fusion reactions, and still no breakthrough. Or so we're told. Or is there?
Well, consider the research expenditures, and the people doing it, in the following article, and see if something else jumps out at you:
Note firstly the idea that fusion research such as this could lead to what "anti-fusionists" (for want of a better term), call a "pure fusion weapon. In case you didn't know it, that's a hydrogen bomb that doesn't require an atom bomb for the "fuse," a concept that I wrote about a great deal in my book The Philosophers' Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter. And that brings us to the second point.
I blogged about this company - General Fusion - a couple of years ago right on this website. But I want to draw your attention again to some interesting concepts in Laberge's "cheap fusion" approach: (1) it uses plasmas (2) in a magnetic field, and (3) shock waves to create the fusion energies - impossible by standard models of thermonuclear reactions - necessary to fuse atoms.
Let's assume for the sake of argument that Laberge's concept is true and engineerable. If so, then the first thing that it implies is that the fears of the anti-fusionists might just be a valid concern, for a technology such as described that could initiate fusion reactions might be adaptable to making h-bombs. And that would open up a proliferation nightmare. The a-bomb, the necessary fuse for an h-bomb in standard models of thermonuclear engineering, would become obsolete overnight.
But there is something else that should disturb the reader, and disturb him or her profoundly, for the concepts Laberge hopes to demonstrate are exactly those of the the Nazi physicist Dr. Ronald Richter, who claims to have discovered the principle of shock-wave driven fusion in experiments he did in the Third Reich in 1936. As readers of my The Nazi International will recall, Richter's principles for achieving fusion reactions were almost identical, with some notable and to my mind, important modifications.
...the mainstream media roundly denounced Richter in the early 1950s for being a scientific montebank and fraud; yet not, decades later, the same media is now citing scientists who, rather than heaping scorn on Laberge, have adopted a rather different attitude to the same concepts... Ponder all those implications long and hard, for they do not, to my mind, paint a very pretty picture...