US fusion researchers do not want a withdrawal from ITER yet but if the 2014 budget looks at all like the 2013 one, that could change. “They’re not trying to kill ITER just yet,” says Stephen Dean, president of advocacy group Fusion Power Associates. “If this happens again in 2014, I’m not so sure.”
The problems for fusion could be small beans though. The ‘sequester’, a pre-programmed budget cut scheduled to take effect on 2 January, could cut 7.8% or more off science and other federal budgets unless Congress can enact last-minute legislation to reduce the deficit without starving US science-funding agencies."
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