But an abundant, safe and clean energy source once thought to be the stuff of science fiction is closer than many realize: nuclear fusion. source: NY Times
If it is closer than many people realize, it is because others are getting there faster. This author proposes more money for the Tokomaks, which get the lion's share of the money already. A faster pathway would be available if the money was spread out more evenly.
It makes sense that the New York Times would run such an article. They are for big government projects all the way. The bigger and more expensive and the least likely to work projects are the ones that seem to get the nod the most often. That's how we end up with massive budget deficits.