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The world recently witnessed a major breakthrough in the development of fusion energy. The announcement that U.S. scientists have produced the first-ever successful fusion reaction with a net energy gain puts America in the lead of the race for an energy revolution and establishes the likelihood that this technology can and probably will achieve commercial deployment within our lifetimes.
Our scientific community and all those who helped to propel American research and development to this historic achievement should take a well-deserved victory lap. However, once the revelry subsides, our next task must be determining how we can ensure that America’s success in this field continues.
Fusion power represents a revolutionary opportunity to provide green energy for our nation. It will be the cleanest form of power ever, with a lower emission lifecycle footprint than any other form of energy, and with effectively none of the traditional environmental and social drawbacks of nuclear fission.
Fusion also has the potential to dramatically lower energy costs. According to some estimates, including peer-reviewed research published in the United Kingdom, inertial confinement fusion reactors, like the one used to generate the latest