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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

This petition was delivered to:
  • Director of the Office of Science, Department of Energy
    Dr. William F. Brinkman
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Tom Harkin
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Jon Tester
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Dick Durbin
  • Assistant to the President for Science and Technology
    Dr. John P. Holdren
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Thad Cochran
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • Chairman, Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Tim Johnson
  • Senator
    Lisa Murkowski
  • Senator
    Mary Landrieu
  • Senator
    Lindsey Graham
  • Senator
    Patty Murray
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Jack Reed
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Susan Collins
  • Fusion Energy Sciences, Department of Energy
    Dr. Edmund Synakowski
  • Secretary of Energy
    Dr. Steven Chu
  • Chairman, House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Jerry Lewis
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Mike Simpson
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Dennis Rehberg
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Rodney Alexander
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Steve Womack
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Alan Nunnelee
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Peter J. Visclosky
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. Ed Pastor
  • House Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Rep. John W. Olver
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Lamar Alexander
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water
    Sen. Richard Shelby
  • President of the United States


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