Fusion Energy Sciences; US FY2013 Budget.

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Fusion Energy Sciences; US FY2013 Budget.

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Re: Fusion Energy Sciences; US FY2013 Budget.

Post by Richard Hull » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:40 pm

Only 0.4 billion!..............or..........0.0004 Trillion...A mere pitance. This is "holding pattern" or "active stasis" money!

Trying to do fusion on th' cheap are we? Sounds like us here at fusor.net.

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Re: Fusion Energy Sciences; US FY2013 Budget.

Post by Chris Bradley » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:46 pm

I looked these facts up when I read an article that said "...Obama submitted a 2013 budget request to Congress that would slash the nation's already beleaguered domestic fusion program while boosting the U.S. contribution to ITER..."

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6071/901.short

A million or two 'hair-cut' here-and-there on those US project that have already been peddling the gravy train for 20 years or more with little to show, but I didn't quite recognise any 'slashing' going on that justified the statement in sciencemag.

Like you say, Richard, it is a pitance. Consider - a GW power station costs several billion to build, not even counting running costs. They could add a barely noticeable 10% 'tax' on the construction value of fossil fuel power stations, and just one power station build per year would then fund this current fusion programme in its entirety!

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