Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk

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In his keynote announcing the Powerwall, Elon Musk made a quip that sounded familiar:

We have this handy fusion reactor in the sky called the sun, you don't have to do anything, it just works. It shows up every day.

It's a great line. Others have said pretty much the same thing in different words over the years; Joe Romm of Think Progress used a version in an article complaining about fusion reactors in 2012:

I am a big proponent of harnessing the power of fusion — from 93 million miles away. Fusion is done by our sun really, really well and for free. Here on Earth in reactors … not so much. And so the famous saying, “fusion energy is fifty years away — and always will be.” ....Unlike fusion in the past three decades, renewables, especially solar and wind, have seen major technological advances, a steady drop in cost, and major innovations in manufacturing leading to commercial products.

It was probably said best by architect William McDonough in 2006, quoted in TreeHugger:

Don't get me wrong: I love nuclear energy! It's just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there's an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it's wireless!

And they are all right.

Quotes of the day on fusion reactors, From Bill McDonough to Elon Musk
We have all the fusion power we need, right now.

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