Arnie funding Polywell?

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Arnie funding Polywell?

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Re: Arnie funding Polywell?

Postby JoeStrout » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:19 pm

Wow! :!: If this is true, it's revolutionary — it's the funding breakthrough we've been waiting for, and should prove whether or not the polywell approach can work within the next few years!

I've done some searching looking for confirmation, and while it turns up a lot of hits, it's mostly just bloggers quoting each other (as is typical in the blogosphere), all linking ultimately back to the first link above. The one at may be useful to watch, as they're as likely as anyone to be linked in to someone with first-hand information.

But the writer at appears to have some other source of information, claiming it will be a "$200-million effort" as well as providing some background information (that will not be news to us here). Of course I suspect he's just making that number up, based on Bussard's projected cost of the first fusion power plant. He doesn't give a source, and may not have any more info than the rest of us.

I'll start writing to the two apparent primary reports, and seeing if they can tell me where they got their information. Meanwhile, I encourage the rest of you to do your own searches, and post anything new you find!
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Re: California funding polywell?

Postby JoeStrout » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:31 pm

Incidentally, includes press releases and a (staff) blog. I'm unable to find any mention at all of fusion here, though. So whatever the original source, it doesn't appear to be an official press release or blog entry from the governor's office.
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Postby lambda0 » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:32 pm

Maybe the best is to ask directly to Dr Bussard. Or maybe Tom Ligon knows.

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Re: California funding polywell?

Postby JoeStrout » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:44 pm

I tried to write to the Governor's office using the on the web, but I got conflicting results — after submitting the form, the next page said both "your email has been sent" and "email error: comment not found". I tried it twice with the same results.

I'll try calling a bit later (it's still early in California), but I'll probably get some low-level staffer who either won't know what's going on, or won't be willing to say so.

As for contacting Dr. Bussard directly, that's a great idea, but I think he's even harder to get a hold of than the governor. Still, it's worth a try.
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Re: California funding polywell?

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Re: California funding polywell?

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California NOT funding Polywell research

Postby JoeStrout » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:09 pm

UPDATE: I got a call back from Bill Maile in the Governor's office. He spoke with the Governor's policy advisors, and in brief, the is false. This is the first anyone in the Governor's office has even heard of the idea.

He is going to do some research to try and find out the source of the story. Hopefully he'll have better luck reaching somebody at than I have; the site lists no name or phone number, and is registered through domainsbyproxy.com. But maybe a Governor's office carries enough weight to shake loose some real contact information from them. We'll see... He promised to call me again within two hours, and when he does, I'll let you know what he found.

Meanwhile, remember, you got the truth here first — disappointing truth though it is.
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Re: California NOT funding Polywell research

Postby JoeStrout » Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:29 pm

Bill (from Governor Schwarzenegger's office) called again. He was unable to find any useful contact information for either. He pointed out that when a news site doesn't even have a phone number, you have to wonder about their credibility. He reiterated again that the story is false and has no basis.

If anyone is able to discover any information about who's running this site, please let me know.
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Re: California NOT funding Polywell research

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Re: California NOT funding Polywell research

Postby pstudier » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:27 pm

Fusion is easy, but break even is horrendous.

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Re: California NOT funding Polywell research

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