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Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, Second Session, March 6, 2018   [open pdf - 6MB]

This is the March 6, 2018 hearing titled "The Future of U.S. Fusion Energy Research" before the House Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Randy Weber: "Today, we will hear from a panel of experts on the status of U.S. fusion energy research and discuss what we can do as a nation to advance this critical area of discovery science. The goal of fusion research is to create a star here on Earth and control it to the point that we can convert its immense heat into electricity. Easy, right? In the center of stars like our sun, extreme temperatures, pressures, and gravitational conditions create a unique natural environment for fusion to occur. On Earth, scientists push the boundaries of experimental physics in a number of ways to duplicate these reactions, with the hopes of eventually generating fusion energy as power we can use in everyday activities. The potential benefits to society from a fusion reactor are beyond calculation: the fuel is abundant and widely accessible, the carbon footprint is zero, and the radioactive waste concerns are minimal." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Randy K. Weber, Zoe Lofgren, Lamar S. Smith, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Bernard Bigot, James W. Van Dam, Mickey Wade, and Mark Herrmann."

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Serial No. 115-50
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2018
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: http://www.gpo.gov/
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