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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER 225

Posted by timothy
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Graculus (3653645) writes Budgetmakers in the U.S. Senate have moved to halt U.S. participation in ITER, the huge international fusion experiment now under construction in Cadarache, France, that aims to demonstrate that nuclear fusion could be a viable source of energy. Although the details are not available, Senate sources confirm a report by Physics Today that the Senate's version of the budget for the Department of Energy (DOE) for fiscal year 2015, which begins 1 October, would provide just $75 million for the United States' part of the project. That would be half of what the White House had requested and just enough to wind down U.S. involvement in ITER. According to this story from April, the U.S. share of the ITER budget has jumped to "$3.9 billion — roughly four times as much as originally estimated." (That's a pretty big chunk; compare it, say, to NASA's entire annual budget.)
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Senate Budgetmakers Move To End US Participation In ITER

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 03, 2014 @08:12AM (#47375363)
    From Wikipedia:

    Funding is 45% by the hosting member, the European Union, and the rest split between the non-hosting members – China, India, Japan, South Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA.

    Okay 55/6 = 9 1/6 percent per country. So $3.9 billion is equivalent to roughly 9.17% of the project. That means that the the other five that are split are spending $3.9 billion as well? And that the EU is spending $19.1 billion? And the total cost now is $42.5 billion?

    Or is the US getting fucked again? Because that always seems to happen with international efforts.

  • by ScentCone (795499) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @08:14AM (#47375387)

    get shelved by politicians

    Get shelved by Democrats, you mean. Ask Harry Reid (who sets the legislative agenda in the Senate) about his priorities, if he can articulate them in a complete, unmuddled sentence that doesn't include assertions about how his party has no rich donors, etc.

    If this were the House, the tone of the comments here would be all about specifically named anti-science conservatives, not "politicians." Why aren't we naming the anti-science liberals behind this cut?

  • by AlterEager (1803124) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @08:43AM (#47375643)

    The US has just fined French bank BNP Paribas around $9 billion dollars for dealing with Sudan, Iran and Cuba.

    The fine could pay for the US's ITER participation twice.

    (It's not even too bad for the bank, $9 billion is about 16 months of profit).

  • by andydread (758754) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @08:44AM (#47375649)

    I have a feeling if the story was about the current House of Representatives slashing ITER funding, we'd see a screed about "anti-science Republicans." However, since the Senate is led by Democrats...

    That's more than a feeling, that's a fact.

    So Lamar Alexander is a Democrat now? Really? Did you even bother to read the article before you opened your trap here? The fact is Republicans are anti-science unless that science is related to extraction of oil. You have failed misareabley to blame this on Democrats.

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