More budget battles in Europe over $16 billion fusion reactor project


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The budget battles continue in Europe over funding a $16 billion fusion reactor project.

Now the three statutory bodies of the European Union have agreed to cobble together €360 million from anticipated unspent funds in the still-to-be-decided 2013 budget. Another €840 million will be found by shifting money from 2012 and 2013 budget lines for farm and fishing subsidies, rural development, and environment, into the ones covering research. The remaining €100 million had already been allocated to ITER in the 2012 budget.

Sounds to me as if this whole thing has feet of clay, and is going to fall apart long before completion.

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2 comments

  • It seems to me that fusion is a technology the neopagans could get behind. It accords with their religion, and doesn’t kill birds.

  • Kelly Starks

    They are more then willing to kill a few birds in order to become wind dependant.

    As for fusion – all that money into a basicly failed and unsable reactor design, rather then spend far less studying more promising designs? True buracracy at work.

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