Continue Funding Alcator C-Mod Tokamak and US Fusion Energy Research
  • Petitioned Dr. William F. Brinkman

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Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy
Dr. William F. Brinkman
Fusion Energy Sciences, Department of Energy
Dr. Edmund Synakowski
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Dr. Steven Chu
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Continue Funding Alcator C-Mod Tokamak and US Fusion Energy Research

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Nuclear fusion is the process by which our Sun generates energy. Because fusion power has the potential to be a clean and safe energy source, researchers are working to understand and improve fusion science and engineering to eventually build fusion power reactors. The leading design for such a reactor is called a tokamak, which is a device that confines fusion fuel and allows reactions to occur and release energy.

The recently released FY 2013 Administration Budget proposal calls to dramatically cut funding for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak located on the MIT campus, one of only three major tokamaks in the US. However, C-Mod remains a vital contributor in the effort to create a fusion power plant. Research conducted on C-Mod is crucial for the design and operation of the next-generation tokamak, called ITER, which is currently under construction in France. Furthermore, C-Mod is one of the primary US training facilities for future fusion scientists. If Alcator C-Mod is shut down in September 2012, the effort to develop fusion energy will suffer. Reductions in trained personnel and scientific progress will severely inhibit the ability of ITER to succeed.

Along with the proposed shutdown of C-Mod are cuts which include the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego (-13%), the NSTX spherical tokamak (-16%), plasma physics theory (-14.4%), the Advanced Design program (-62.9%), and general plasma science (-21.6%), amongst many others. If the budget is allowed to pass, it is anticipated that DIII-D will be forced to lay off 30 staff scientists with PPPL laying off up to 100. 

Please sign the petition if you support continuing funding for the Alcator C-Mod tokamak and the other US fusion research facilities. You can visit Fusion Future for more information on why C-Mod is an essential component of fusion energy research. You will also find more information on how you can help. Please consider sending a letter/email to your Congressmen and calling them. This is the most effective way to advocate for C-Mod and the entire US fusion energy program.

Thank you,

Save Alcator C-Mod Team

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      We've updated the petition to be more inclusive of the other fusion research programs in the US, as they are taking severe funding cuts as well. We want to support all domestic fusion research. However, the effort to prevent the C-Mod shutdown still remains a key goal.

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    • Owen Long RIVERSIDE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The potential benefits from fusion energy are enormous. We can't afford to not fully explore the science now.

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    • Rosine Sorbom TORRAMCE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Nuclear fusion is being researched in other countries. It is ludicrous for the U.S. to limit funding on such important research and by so doing, sending our researchers out to other countries to conitue their work. Do we really want to lose our research scientists to other nations???

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    • W. Davis Lee NEWBURYPORT, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I think this program is very important for both fusion research, and as a training ground for tomorrow's top scientists. Please, continue to fund this research.

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    • Les Schwab WABAN, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Shortsighted savings will hurt us in the long run if promising and possibly vital R&D projects like this are sidelined.

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    • Gary Edelstein PELHAM, NH
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe in continuing research into fusion energy at MIT in the US

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