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Author:  Kirk Sorensen [ Dec 08, 2017 9:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ITER costs

ITER nuclear fusion project faces delay over Trump budget cuts

ITER Director-General Bernard Bigot, in Washington for talks with the U.S. administration, said the U.S. 2017 contribution had been cut from a planned $105 million to $50 million and its 2018 contribution from a planned $120 million to $63 million. The United States has already spent about $1 billion on the prototype reactor and was scheduled to contribute up to another $1.5 billion through 2025, when ITER is scheduled to run a first operational test. “If we do not respect deadlines in the beginning, we cannot respect them in the end,” Bigot told Reuters by telephone.

Yeah...I'm sure every single one of the problems on ITER are Trump's fault...$50M is being absurdly generous. That money would be just as about effectively spent on slot machines in Vegas.

Author:  Kirk Sorensen [ Mar 07, 2018 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ITER costs

International nuclear fusion project seeks reversal of Trump budget cuts

An international project to build a nuclear fusion reactor in France that would start generating electricity in 17 years will face delays if Trump administration cuts are not reversed in a few months, the head of the venture said on Tuesday.

OH NO! ITER is right on the cusp of saving the world and that big bad meany Trump came along and snatched it away so he could give all the money to bad bad fossil fuel people!!!!


Nope, it wasn't the utter absurdity of the approach. It wasn't the incomprehensibly high costs of ITER. Nope, it was Trump.

Is there anything he can't do?

Bernard Bigot, director-general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER, said the administration’s budget cuts would reduce the U.S. contribution to the project and lead to construction delays. “It’s not a question of capability, it’s a question of political will,” Bigot said in a telephone interview while he was in Washington to meet with U.S. officials.

No Bernard, it's a question of capability. You cannot do what you are claiming. And you never will. Trump isn't your problem. The laws of physics are your problem.

But with U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts, Washington’s contribution for 2019 would drop to $75 million from $165 million. Last year, the administration cut the 2018 U.S. contribution to $63 million from a planned $120 million.

Wow, we're still wasting WAY too much money on this thing. US ITER contribution should be $0.

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