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  • To date, everything achieved with nuclear power has revolved around nuclear fission. That involves splitting apart atoms to capture and use the energy produced from the division. 
  • Inversely, nuclear fusion does not depend on any chain reactions and does not produce any radioactive waste. It is entirely stable without any negative byproducts. 
  • Physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced that they have created the world’s first nuclear fusion project with a positive net energy gain. This project has set in motion a multi-decade trend of nuclear fusion technology reshaping the world’s energy system.
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For these first few weeks of 2024, we’ve been cautious on stocks. The market was definitely due for a breather following the frenetic rally that closed out 2023. And that’s been evident by its sluggish start to the new year. But amid this consolidation, one sector has remained red-hot: nuclear power.

In fact, this past week, we took advantage of stocks’ recent weakness and bought our first fundamental trades of the new year. And almost all of them were nuclear power stocks. 

That’s because regardless of where the market goes, we’re confident nuclear will keep soaring this year. 

Longtime readers know that we’ve been bullish on these stocks for the past year, during which they have indeed soared – including a favorite, Cameco (CCJ), which has risen more than 120% since we recommended it to readers. 

A graph showing the change in CCJ stock over time

The thesis here is pretty simple. 

Nuclear power is the so-called “Pareto optimal” solution to the world’s energy crisis. It could allow the world to reduce carbon emissions without having to rely on expensive, intermittent, and insufficient solar and wind power. That’s because nuclear energy is a zero-emission, cheap, and abundant power source that can be produced at all times of the day and in all weather conditions.

Forget gas, coal, even solar or wind.

Nuclear power is the future we need.

And it’s the future that countries across the world are increasingly looking to embrace. 

So far in 2024, France, the U.K. and the U.S. have all introduced new legislation to increase nuclear power investment and development. And that comes atop a flurry of new legislation in 2023 that dramatically boosted nuclear energy investment across the globe. 

The nuclear energy resurgence is here. 

And that’s why we are buying nuclear energy stocks hand over fist right now. 

Let’s dig deeper into the bull thesis.

AI & The Nuclear Power Bull Market

Nuclear energy has always had a ton of potential. But it has always been risky, costly, and inefficient. 

Artificial intelligence could solve nuclear energy’s shortcomings – and actually lay the groundwork for a world of limitless energy. Just imagine a world where so much energy is produced that everyone, everywhere, can power their homes, apartments, and offices at all hours of the day, for just pennies. 

These days, it’s tough to picture a world like that. In 2022, for example, the average U.S. heating bill exceeded $1,000. 

But thanks to recent AI-powered advancements in nuclear chemistry, we’re getting closer to that world than you might expect. 

In fact, that’s why both Microsoft (MSFT) – the world’s second-most valuable company – and ChatGPT’s own creator, Sam Altman, are both betting big on nuclear energy right now. 

They see AI unlocking nuclear energy’s full potential… 

And a wave of enormous profits along the way. 

Indeed, just months ago, Microsoft announced a huge deal to start buying a ton of nuclear energy as soon as 2028.  

We think that’s why nuclear power stocks have been on fire. 

And it’s also why this could be just the start of huge returns ahead for this sector.

Harnessing Atomic Power

Nuclear power has a bad reputation – and I get it. It has been used to create bombs that have decimated cities and destroyed lives. And when the world tried to capture that power in nuclear power plants, it often ended in catastrophe. And not once, not twice, but time and time again.  

Nuclear power deserves its bad rep. 

However, not all nuclear power is created equal. 

Specifically, there are two types: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission

To date, everything achieved with nuclear power has revolved around nuclear fission. That involves splitting apart atoms to capture and use the energy produced from the division. 

And it’s a very risky and dangerous science for two big reasons. 

First, splitting atoms creates chain reactions that must be controlled very carefully. Otherwise, they could cause meltdowns and explosions. Second, fission produces radioactive waste, which needs to be stored correctly to avoid contaminating the surrounding environment. 

Nuclear fission is dangerous stuff. 

But nuclear fusion is not. 

An image that illustrates nuclear fission and nuclear fusion and describes what happens in each process

While nuclear fission revolves around splitting atoms, nuclear fusion is all about combining them. 

Specifically, nuclear fusion is a process in which atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, releasing a large amount of energy in the process. This energy is released in the form of light and heat. 

Importantly, nuclear fusion does not depend on any chain reactions and does not produce any radioactive waste. It is entirely stable without any negative byproducts. 

It’s the clean, safe version of nuclear power creation. 

Fusion Is Better

Moreover, nuclear fusion is simply the better version of nuclear fission. That’s because fusion produces infinitely more energy than fission. 

Consider this: The sun is powered by nuclear fusion. At the sun’s core, temperatures reach up to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit – hot enough to allow nuclear fusion to take place. Under these extreme conditions, hydrogen atoms are forced together, forming helium and releasing a tremendous amount of energy. This energy is so powerful that it travels to the sun’s surface, where it then travels another 93 million miles to warm up and light the Earth. 

Nuclear fusion is powerful stuff. 

Inputting just a few pounds of hydrogen into a nuclear fusion reaction will produce as much energy as burning thousands of pounds of coal or oil. Theoretically, a small cup of hydrogen fuel could power a house for hundreds of years. Extending that thinking, a few nuclear fusion reactors could power the entire world for hundreds upon hundreds of years. 

Nuclear fusion is the key to creating limitless energy. 

If so, then why are there dozens of nuclear fission reactors in the world, yet zero nuclear fusion reactors?

Because while nuclear fission is a risky science, nuclear fusion is a tough science. Indeed, it’s so tough that no one has figured out how to make a viable nuclear fusion reactor… 

…Until December 2022.

A Critical Breakthrough for Nuclear Power

In short, the challenge of nuclear fusion boils down to something called “net energy gain.” 

Net energy gain is the difference between the energy consumed by an energy production process and the energy produced by it. It is energy output minus energy input. 

Obviously, net energy gain must be positive in order for that energy source to be viable. A negative net energy gain means the energy source consumes more energy than it produces. 

And historically, nuclear fusion has suffered from a negative net energy gain. 

That’s because the conditions under which nuclear fusion is possible are extremely energy intensive. 

Think of it this way: The only places in the universe where nuclear fusion happens naturally are in stars’ cores. These cores have incredibly unique conditions. Namely, they are unimaginably hot. For example, the sun’s core runs at around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. Those extremely hot temperatures are what sparks nuclear fusion.  

Therefore, in order for scientists to replicate nuclear fusion on Earth, they need to create a reactor that gets and stays unfathomably hot. Getting something that hot requires a lot of energy. And so does keeping it that hot.

The Future Is Nuclear

Given those requirements, the math hasn’t worked out to make nuclear fusion viable. Until recently, every nuclear fusion experiment has resulted in a negative net energy gain. 

But in late 2022, physicists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced that they had created the world’s first nuclear fusion project with a positive net energy gain. 

And in the summer of 2023, those scientists repeated that experiment… with even better results!

That’s a huge deal. The one obstacle that has kept nuclear fusion from becoming a viable reality has just been removed.  The Livermore project has set in motion a multi-decade trend of nuclear fusion technology reshaping the world’s energy system. We now have clear visibility to the world being powered by nothing more than a few nuclear fusion reactors by 2040.

Forget oil and gas. Forget windmills and giant solar farms. In the future, all we may need to power the world is a few nuclear fusion reactors. 

Needless to say, the operators of those reactors could be the world’s most valuable companies. Their stocks could be the market’s biggest winners. 

And the time to invest in the Nuclear Fusion Revolution is now. 

The Final Word

I like to stay on the cutting edge of world-changing technological developments. That’s where all the big money is made on Wall Street – taking big and bold stakes on early stage companies pioneering breakthrough technologies.

As someone hyper-focused on the cutting edge of tech, I’m foaming-at-the-mouth bullish on nuclear fusion technology. 

Nuclear power is the mysterious “limitless energy” source that will solve the world’s energy needs forever. Technical challenges have held it back for decades. But for the first time ever, we are overcoming those challenges. 

The result? A nuclear power boom over the next decade, wherein nuclear fusion reactors reshape the world’s energy landscape. 

I’m not the only one taking notice.

Just months ago, Microsoft inked what is believed to be the first-ever commercial nuclear fusion deal. The titan will purchase nuclear fusion electricity from startup Helion Energy by 2028.

The agreement specifically states that Helion will produce electricity through fusion by 2028. And the startup will target power generation for Microsoft of at least 50 megawatts after a year or pay financial penalties.

This is a huge deal! Clearly, Microsoft – one of the world’s smartest companies – believes that nuclear fusion is just years away from being a viable reality. In fact, company president Brad Smith said, “We wouldn’t enter into this agreement if we were not optimistic that engineering advances are gaining momentum.”

Oh, and Helion Energy – the startup that Microsoft is buying nuclear fusion energy from – is backed by Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI – creator of ChatGPT.

Folks, the smart money has spoken. The limitless energy revolution has arrived. And the time to claim your stake in this wealth-generation phenomenon is now.

Learn how to do just that.

On the date of publication, Luke Lango did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.


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