Tuesday, June 28, 2005

France Chosen As Site for Nuclear Reactor

"France was chosen Tuesday as the home for an experimental $13 billion nuclear fusion project scientists say will produce a boundless source of clean and cheap energy.

A consortium of United States, the European Union, China, Russia, Japan had been divided over whether to put the test reactor in France or Japan, and competition was intense. The U.S. had favored placing the plant in Japan. At stake was billions of dollars for research, construction and engineering.

The threat of global warming has brought nuclear power - currently available only through fission and long out of favor - back to the forefront as a way of generating energy because it creates no so-called greenhouse gases, a cause of global warming."

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