US Rejoins International Fusion Project

Source of fusion power would be water.

Published: 31-Jan-2003

The United States has rejoined an international project to develop a cheap, renewable form of safe nuclear energy called fusion. The partners are developing the world's first nuclear fusion reactor.

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham says nuclear fusion is a key element in the long term U.S. energy program because it offers the potential for plentiful, safe energy. In remarks at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in New Jersey, Mr. Abraham said the United States is rejoining the nuclear fusion project that it helped form in the 1980s with Russia, the European Union, Japan, and Canada, but which it quit in 1998.

The so-called International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER, began with an agreement at the 1985 U.S.-Soviet Geneva Summit. But the U.S. Congress ordered the government to pull out because it considered the original $10 billion reactor design too expensive.

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