"Nuclear fusion works by heating a large volume of gas, containing deuterium, found in sea water, and tritium, derived from lithium, to 100 million degrees centigrade, 10 times the temperature of the sun. This causes the atoms to collide and fuse, releasing enormous amounts of energy and leaving only helium as waste. King says that the 'the lithium from one laptop battery and deuterium from a bath of water would generate enough energy to cover the needs of a UK citizen for seven years".
Elsewhere in the article:-- "....there is a danger it [fusion reactor technology] could be overtaken by a new generation of breeder reactors the Russians have been developing that use uranium 60 times more efficiently than thermonuclear reactors - though with 100 times the plutonium".
TreeHuggers don't have much to add to a 40-year long cold war over which new nuclear technology is best. But, while the 50/50 odds play out, we have some unrelated ideas we'll be working on without government help. And. along the way, TreeHuggers would be delighted to see the energy bills and the carbon emissions stemming from the Fusion engineers' globe-trotting, construction, and operation of the various prototypes. Send us the data and we'll try to do the posting for you, 'cause we know things will be very busy.