A project on Indiegogo:
Scientists at LPP Fusion, led by Chief Scientist Eric Lerner, are just one step away from this groundbreaking technology and we need your help for the final push.
One step away! That’s pretty exciting, belying the fusion joke that a breakthrough is always five years away – unless of course that’s how long the step takes.
Rising energy costs and resource scarcity are concerns shared by the developed and developing world alike. We need the ultimate renewable energy technology in the form of fusion energy, the source of energy for the Sun and stars. If we can succeed, Focus Fusion's low cost and easily distributed electricity will eliminate both global energy poverty and global air pollution once and for all.
Bold in original – and bold in concept.
One thing you should not do when selling fusion is rank on fission. Bad form.
Today, nuclear energy means nuclear fission, which raises issues like long-lived radioactive waste and catastrophes like that at Fukushima Daiichi.
Fission energy, what is commonly called nuclear energy, would be obsolete. There would be no more radioactive meltdowns spilling radiation onto our land and into our oceans.
But really, why think small? Among other utopic reasons for fusion:
Nuclear fission technology, like uranium enrichment with its weapons applications, is another source of conflict in our world.
With no use for civilian nuclear energy, we could lock up the uranium mines, making proliferation of nuclear weapons almost impossible.
There’s a lot more on the page, including a description of the fusion technique that will change everything. Although I’m having fun here, I have no opinion about this one way or another. A thick sales pitch doesn’t make the project illegitimate. That said, throwing in cash to help out has to be a personal decision. A fool and his money is about as far as I’d want to go on advice.
Still, fusion and crowdsourcing? Perfect together. When I last checked in, LPP Fusion has raised about $58,000 of the $200,000 it is looking for.