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David M.

The important point, aside from where to put it, is that nobody has been able to use fusion to generate power yet. The story doesn't seem to really discuss that, but it did say this: "It plans to create the technology that allows a fusion reactor to produce at least five times as much energy as is put in. ITER would take 10 years and cost about $5 billion." My read is that this means they hope it might take only 10 years to get it to work.
On the other hand, it might take a whole lot longer: as you point out, they've been saying it's on the horizon for 20 years or more.
I hope it really does finally work out. But it seems premature to say it will take 10 years.

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