Interesting interview with hurricane guy Kerry Emanuel in today’s New York Times.
Q. There are scientists who say of fossil fuel consumption and global warming, We may not have all the evidence yet, but we ought to be acting as if the worst could happen. Do you agree?
A. It’s always struck me as odd that this country hasn’t put far more resources into research on alternative energy. Europeans are. France has managed to go 85 percent nuclear in its electrical generation. And the Europeans have gotten together to fund a major nuclear fusion project. It almost offends my pride as a U.S. scientist that we’ve fallen down so badly in this competition.
That’s an odd comment, because unless there’s something I don’t know about, the USA is a partner in ITER which is surely the major fusion project he mentions.