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Energy Secretary Granholm Announces Fusion Energy Breakthrough

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WASHINGTON DC, December 13, 2022 ~ Researchers have hit a milestone in their efforts to generate abundant zero carbon energy through nuclear fusion.

Last week, at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California, scientists at the National Ignition Facility achieved fusion ignition, and that is creating more energy from fusion reaction than the energy used to start the process,US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told the media earlier today.

It’s the first time it has ever been done in a laboratory anywhere in the world. Simply put, this is one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century.

December 14, 2022 ~ Wayne State University Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Chun Shen talks to Paul W. about the nuclear fusion breakthrough, and says this scientific discovery is going to change the way we use energy in the future.

December 14, 2022 ~ Michigan State University Foundation Professor in the College of Natural Science and Director of the Mathematical Multifaceted Integrated Capability Center (MMICC) Dr. Andrew Christlieb tells Paul W. about his work on nuclear fusion, and says he is working directly with the Department of Energy on these scientific advances. Professor Christlieb can be reached at [email protected].

December 14, 2022 ~ The Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow for Energy and Environmental Policy Jack Spencer talks with Kevin and Tom about Tuesday’s announcement on the breakthrough on nuclear fusion.

December 13, 2022 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne tells Paul W. that today, history will be made. Scientists are poised to announce a major fusion energy breakthrough. What does that mean to us? Plenty say the scientists.

(CONTINUED) The success means that man can now replicate the same nuclear reaction that creates energy on the sun. It is a discovery that represents the holy grail of carbon-free power that scientists have been researching for decades. 

Though practical application is still years away, the process discovery means that humans will be able to generate a near limitless supply of energy with no carbon footprint, no nuclear waste, and with fewer resources than those needed to create solar and wind power. 


WASHINGTON DC, December 13, 2022 ~ US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Jill Hruby announce a major scientific breakthrough accomplished by researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Joining the secretary and under secretary are White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar, and NNSA Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Dr. Marvin Adams.