Regarding George F. Will’s Dec. 23 column (“The Fusion in Our Future”): Mr. Will’s column, which makes such a passionate case for fusion research and government funding for it, is so replete with ironies and inaccuracies, that it breaks the proverbial stick by shaking.
In the recent past he has been dismissive of the government’s ability and hence unsuitability for picking winners and losers, citing Solyndra, when the collapse of competing solar panel prices caused its bankruptcy. In his current column he characterizes California’s high-speed train proposal as “19th century technology” — all this while denying global warming.
Fusion, however, “is the perfect example of a public good the private sector cannot pursue and the public sector should not slight.” Health care for 45 million apparently does not fall into this category.
It seems that Mr. Will feels that he does not share the government’s inability to divine winners and losers.