- The fuel for fusion reactions are readily
available. Deuterium and Tritium are virtually inexhaustible.
- Unlike the burning of coal or other
fossil fuels, fusion does not emit harmful toxins into the atmosphere.
The combustion of most fossil fuels involves some form of the reaction
C + O2(g) --> CO2(g) + heat
- The carbon dioxide (CO2(g))
emitted by this reaction contributes to the global warning/so-called
"Greenhouse Effect" that we've all heard so much about. Fusion,
however, produces only helium, a gas that is already in abundance in
the atmosphere and will not contribute to global warming.
- A major concern with the use of fission
power is the issue of nuclear waste, a dangerous material that can both
directly injure people and be manufactured into weapons. Fusion has
no such problems with dangerous by-products.
- Scientists have not yet been able to contain a fusion reaction long enough
for there to be a net energy gain.
- Many countries are phasing out fusion research because of the failure to
reach a breakthrough