The Boston Globe reported on a letter sent by Massachusetts’ two Senators to the Secretary of Energy, opposing the planned “cold” shutdown of MIT’s fusion facility. Senators Warren and Cowan cosigned a letter to Secretary Ernest Moniz expressing their concern that shutting down MIT’s Alcator C-Mod facility will hamper efforts to develop fusion. From the article:
On Monday, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and William M. Cowan wrote a letter to Ernest Moniz, the MIT physicist who has just been confirmed as the secretary of the Department of Energy, urging him to restore funding to the experiment.
“We were troubled to learn that last week, as a result of budget uncertainty, MIT issued Reduction in Force notices to 35 scientists, engineers and technicians at the Alcator C-Mod facility,” the senators wrote. “We are concerned that failing to provide funding for the facility will threaten American leadership in fusion energy research, harm the American economy in the long term, and hinder innovative efforts to develop clean, safe energy production through fusion.”
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ASP published a White Paper in March 2013 on how to accelerate fusion development, entitled, “Fusion Power – A 10 Year Plan to Energy Security,” which you can find below.