- Sep 11, 2019 2:20 pm GMT
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The leaders of an international research project to create carbon-free electric power from an unprecedented nuclear fusion reaction came to Capitol Hill yesterday to enlist technology companies and win Senate support for the U.S. share of the multibillion-dollar project.
One of seven global partners in the project, the United States has fallen about $1 billion behind on its financial pledge toward the construction of the massive test facility — the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) — under construction in Cadarache in southern France, according to an official on the U.S. project team. The funding pullback began after concerns about cost overruns and project delays surfaced at the end of the Obama administration.