Drought and Wildfires in the United States

There is some disturbing new evidence of climate change in the United States. A drought and devastating wildfires in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains in March something I have never heard of before.

Over one million acres were of land were consumed by fires in Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas early in March, CNN reported. Over 400,000 acres burned in Oklahoma alone.

Seven people died in the fires which injured at least five firefighters. The blazes also destroyed around 30 homes and killed hundreds of cattle.

Another fire in Colorado led to the evacuation of 1,000 homes in the mountains near Boulder on March 19 and 20. That fire was definitely caused by drought, an Associated Press story indicates.

“One of the firefighters said it feels like June up there,” Boulder County Sheriff’s Commander Mike Wagner told the AP. “There is no moisture.” March is normally Colorado’s snowiest month.

Plasma is the Key to Hot Fusion

Many people are confused by the difference between hot and cold fusion and it is easy to see why. Both terms are vague catch all phrases for complex phenomena.

Hot fusion would use superhot plasma to generate incredibly high temperatures to make energy. The plasma in some fusion reactors is incredibly hot up to 100 million degrees Celsius. It’s a difficult process, right now scientists know how to make the plasma but not how to contain or control it. The fuel would be so hot that it would instantly burn through the walls of the reactor.

 

That means magnetic fields have to be used to contain the plasma. Generating those fields will be the tricky and expensive part. The magnets in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in France weight almost as a 747 between 10 and 20 tons, Popular Mechanics reported. The ITER project itself is projected to cost $18 billion (€17.05 billion) to complete.

Global Warming’s Impact on Environment Worse than we thought

The effect of climate change on wildlife and the environment might have been grossly underestimated. Nearly half the threatened mammals and quarter of the birds might be impacted by global warming, a study published in the Climate Change Journal indicates.

“Many experts have got these climate assessments wrong – in some cases, massively so,” coauthor Dr. James Watson of the University of Queensland told The Guardian. Watson and his colleagues analyzed 130 studies and found that many species have already been harmed by global warming.

“Many risk assessments are simply blind to the fact that climate change is happening now,” Watson said. He thinks that a great deal of the damage from climate change has already occurred.

Watson’s study concentrated on animals on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s “Red List” of threatened species. It contrasts sharply with earlier assessments that showed only seven percent of animals were impacted by climate change.

Airbus files for LENR Patents, Tesla builds Battery Farms

The gigantic European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has filed two more U.S. patent applications for low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) processes.

U.S. Patent application 20170025191 filed on March 15, 2016, is for a “Material arrangement for fusion reactor and method for producing the same.” It mentions “A material arrangement for a fusion reactor comprising at least one material which is configured as a foam-like carrier material for condensable binding and fusing of hydrogen.”

That sure sounds like LENR or cold fusion to me. The process was invented by Bernhard Kotzias of Bremen, Germany. The material described might be something like Andrea Rossi’s “secret sauce” the catalyst that supposedly makes his e-cat LENR device work.

U.S. Patent Application: 20170022055 was for a “METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING AND FOR FUSING ULTRA-DENSE HYDROGEN.” It too was invented by Bernhard Kotzias. That too sounds like some sort of LENR utilizing hydrogen; most of the LENR devices such as the ecat and the Brillouin Hot Rube utilize nickel and hydrogen.

Rossi’s Attorneys Blast Industrial Heat’s Claims as Baseless and Frivolous

Andrea Rossi’s attorneys are alleging that Thomas Darden and Industrial Heat made illegal and frivolous claims against the inventor and his Leonardo Corporation in their ongoing lawsuit. A new motion filed on January 10, 2017, demands that US District Judge Cecilla M. Altonga impose sanctions on Darden and company for making the claims.

The motion filed; by attorney John W. Annessar, makes the following claims against Darden and his codefendants:

  • Industrial Heat falsely claimed that a test by Engineer Fabio Penon was the guaranteed performance test required by the License Agreement Darden signed when Industrial Heat agreed to purchase Rossi’s e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology. Rossi is charging that Darden violated that agreement by refusing to pay him for the e-cat.
  • Darden et all falsely claimed they were unable to replicate the e-cat technology. It sounds as if Rossi is charging that Darden and his associates were able to replicate e-ca and make it work.

CNN Covers Cold Fusion Device

CNN International ran a short feature on Brilliant Light Power’s SunCell. Even though Brilliant Light refuses to use the words the SunCell sounds like a cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device to me.

The video of the SunCell shown on CNN Newsroom on New Year’s Day looks a lot like the pictures of LENR devices. It is similar to the Andrea Rossi’s hot ecat and the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project’s glowstick units, shown online. The SunCell can supposedly keep a “coffee-cup sized version of the sun burning continuously” that sounds like fusion to me.

Brilliant Light’s CEO Randall Mills claims the SunCell converts hydrogen atoms from water molecules to a lower energy form. That also sounds like fusion to me. He claims that this creates dark matter through something called a hydrino.

“If Mills is right Quantum Mechanics is wrong,” a CNN host whom I could not identify rightly noted. Despite that Mills claims he has attracted tens of millions of dollars in investment and is ready to conduct field testing on the SunCell this year. If the SunCell works he plans to start marketing the device next year.

Bill Gates’ League of Billionaires will spend $1 Billion on Energy Research

Bill Gates is organizing a $1 billion fund that will invest in fusion and other clean energy technology. Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) has the backing of some of the world’s richest people; and it might invest in cold fusion or low energy nuclear reaction (LENR).

Gates will serve as chairman of the fund which is designed to commercialize clean-energy technologies to combat climate change, Market Mad House reported. In the press coverage Gates did not discuss LENR but he did say something interesting.

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, back when Jeff had hair.

“Anything that leads to cheap, clean, reliable energy we’re open-minded to,” Gates said. Gates himself was careful not to name any specific technologies but he has invested in hot fusion and nuclear fission research in the past. Gates has pledged to invest $1 billion of his own money in such research in the past.

BEV is the work of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a league of the super-rich dedicated to fighting climate change with clean energy. Bill Gates is the leader and organizer of the effort.

Fund Manager Invests $39.94 Million in LENR

The United Kingdom’s most respected manager has invested nearly $40 million in low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) research and nobody noticed. Neil Woodford CBE invested £32 million ($39.94 million) of his clients’ money in Industrial Heat’s LENR research efforts, The Financial Times (Britain’s equivalent to The Wall Street Journal) reported.

Woodford is one of the most respected fund managers in the City of London. He placed .24% of his £9.4 billion ($11.73 billion) equity fund and 2.43% of his £761.4 million ($950.42 million) “patient capital fund” in Industrial Heat last year, Financial Times writer Kadhim Shubber noted. Strangely enough nobody in the city or the British media seemed to notice until now.

Industrial Heat is the company headed by Tom Darden that bought some of the rights to Andrea Rossi’s e-cat LENR technology. Industrial Heat and Rossi fell out after the company’s experts were unable to verify his claims. Rossi is now suing Industrial Heat for breach of contract, and Industrial Heat is suing him in federal court in Miami.

Trump Victory will have little or no Effect on Fusion

Donald J. Trump’s upset victory in the U.S. Presidential election will have little or no effect on either hot or cold fusion.

Under the U.S. Constitution the President has little or no influence over science and technology research because he or she does not write the budget. Congress; especially the House of Representatives, writes the budget which means it supplies the money.

President Trump would have the power to issue an executive order halting; or stepping up, low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) or hot fusion research. Yet that order would be a meaningless piece of paper because Congress would supply the money for the actual research and development.

Trump’s party, the Republicans has control over Congress, but Trump actually has very little control over Republican Senators and Representatives. Instead all he can do is suggest legislation to them and sign it – if it ever reaches his desk.

Rossi Plans QuarkX e-cat Demonstration for February

Andrea Rossi is planning some sort of public demonstration of his QuarkX e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) device early next year. E-Cat world contributor Frank Acland thinks that the test will probably be held in February 2019.

Rossi did not confirm that in posts at his blog but he did make some intriguing remarks including:

  • When Acland asked Rossi if his partner was a manufacturer, the inventor’s reply was yes. Rossi has not revealed the partner’s identity but he and HydroFusion attempted to purchase a factory in Sweden earlier this year.

Is Rossi's latest ecat named for Quark the Star Trek Deep Space Nine character played by Armin Shimerman. ?

  • Rossi is conducting Sigma Five testing on the ecat. Sigma Five is a physics term that means he is highly confident of the QuarkX and its ability.

 

  • In a response to a correspondent named Svein Henrik, Rossi stated that Sigma 5 is related to experimental prototypes.