The history of the U.S. Department of Energy's magnetic fusion program is littered with half-completed experiments and never-realized ideas.
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Japan is in deep trouble. They are on their way to abandoning nuclear fission, and have meager solar, wind and biomass potential.
I still hold long-term hopes for fusion, but my experience working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on laser fusion convinces me that we are at least a generation away before any kind of commercialization will occur.
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