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(Adopted by Council on May 06, 1996)
The American Physical Society stresses the scientific importance of plasma physics and fusion research, and the need for a research environment that encourages fundamental, long-term investigation. The one-third reduction in support of programs in plasma and fusion research in FY 1996 endangers this area of scientific research. Further cuts to these programs would seriously damage this important field. Once dismantled, these research programs may take decades to rebuild. The Council of the American Physical Society urges sustained support for plasma and fusion science by the US government.