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Generating electricity from nuclear fusion remains the focus of much research, since fusion is expected to have several advantages over fission, and advocates seek to strengthen international collaboration, which they maintain will accelerate and enlarge the contributions of nuclear physics to global peace, health, and prosperity. Nuclear power, they maintain, provides plentiful, well-paying jobs and can effectively replace fossil fuels with reliable, emission-free power—but fusion may require generations of international research to harness its potential. Many environmentalists, however, remain skeptical, arguing instead that nuclear power poses innumerable risks and is not, in fact, a low-carbon electricity source, when all the energy-intensive stages of nuclear energy production are considered.

Description[]

Participate in an international nuclear fusion research and engineering project with the goal of creating a commercially viable fusion power plant. Nuclear fusion is safer and more efficient than fission. While expensive, this research will contribute to technological development and energy efficiency. Environmentalists are traditionally wary of atomic energy.

Implementation[]

Implementation Time: 12 Quarters

Introduction Cost (Political Capital): 25

Potential Costs: $93.91 Bn – $190.00 Bn

Potential Income: None

Effects[]

-Environmentalist (0)

+Energy Efficiency (16)

+Foreign Relations (0)

+Technology (12)

-Oil Demand (16)

-Unemployment (0)

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