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Senator John Kerry urges support for U.S. fusion effort.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Energy and Water Subcommittee requesting restoration of the cuts proposed in the domestic fusion budget by the President in his FY 2013 budget submission to Congress on February 13.

In his letter, Senator Kerry says, "I am writing you today to express my serious concerns about the funding included in President Obama's FY 2013 budget request for United States domestic fusion program and the effect it could have on our economy in the future. I request that you provide $300 million for domestic fusion research and $150 million for the international ITER project for fusion research program in the Senate FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill." He states, "As Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, I fully understand the importance and potential benefits of the participation of the United States in international research projects, including ITER. However I also do believe that an appropriate balance must be struck between domestic and international considerations of our research investments. The investment and funding of international research projects makes little sense if it encourages future jobs to leave this country and be sent abroad while at the same time resulting in significant cuts to the jobs that these fields currently support here at home."

He says, "To remain at the cutting edge, United States fusion researchers must participate in the international ITER being built in Cadarache, France. But to pay for ITER--which aims to produce a self-sustaining fusion reaction, or "burning plasma," and prove that fusion is a viable energy source--the United States is sacrificing the very community of researchers who would apply the results from the ITER experiments. This shortsighted approach could eliminate the ability of the United States to take a lead role in developing the next generation of energy research."

The full text of the Senator's letter is posted at
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Date:Mar 1, 2012
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