Senator Kerry urges support of fusion research

In a show of support for Alcator C-Mod and domestic fusion research, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) recently sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that the domestic fusion budget be raised from $250 million to $300 million to account for the additional $50 million taken from the fusion budget to help fund ITER.  Senator Kerry specifically mentioned the possible closure of C-Mod, and warned that,

“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.”

Kerry’s solution:

“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.”

This was covered in the Boston Globe’s metro desk.

Please take the time to thank Senator Kerry for his show of support on Facebook or by sending a letter.

Read the full letter at Senator Kerry’s site or below:

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