Fusion World Quiet Except for Silly Claims, Attacks
Sorry folks but I haven’t posted much lately because there’s been little news for the past couple of weeks. All that seems to have happened is that cold fusion skeptics have gotten nastier and sillier and some ridiculous claims are being made. First let’s dispose of some ridiculous claims.
First there is a story making the rounds that an Australian company has a working cold fusion process. Unfortunately none of the claims identify the company or provide any clue as to where these claims came from. They could be referring to Star Scientific Limited which is doing research into muon catalyzed fusion a hot fusion process.
As far as I know Star is in the research stages and hasn’t made any breakthroughs. If they had I’m sure Star’s Executive Chairman Andrew Horvath would have told us about it.
Second there have been some reports that Mitt Romney one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination for US President mentioned cold fusion on the campaign trail. This was true, a transcript of an interview Romney made with the Washington Examiner website’s staff showed he mentioned Pons and Fliecshman’s work in 1989 and said the US should research it. Romney said nothing about e-cat or Andrea Rossi. The comment was so vague as to be meaningless.
Finally cold fusion critics and critics of Andrea Rossi are getting nastier. As so often happens with such closed minded individuals they end up resorting to childish humor and claims of fraud.
Forbes writer Mark Gibbs published a particularly nasty attack on November 28. Gibbs formerly claimed Rossi was about to revolutionize the world. Now he’s decided Rossi is a fraud because the e-cat didn’t out to be a magic wand that solved all the world’s problems.
Gibbs major gripes are:
- Rossi seems to be interested in making money from his invention.
- Rossi does not want to reveal some of his secrets because he’s afraid a competitor might steal them.
- Rossi has not had e-cat examined by scientists (note he ignores the fact that several scientists including Sergio Focardi, Sven Kullander, and Guiseppe Levi have worked closely with Rossi and are convinced e-cat is valid).
Rossi’s behavior seems rational to me. After all if it works e-cat could be worth untold billions of euros. Supposedly altruistic scientists could easily be tempted by all that cash particularly with government science budgets being cut.
Several supposedly scientific observers have called Rossi a fraud. Their complaint against Rossi is that he has not proved some of his claims. My problem with them is they have presented no proof Rossi is pulling a fraud. If they want to make such allegations subject them to the standards they are demanding of Rossi make them verify their claims.
Finally at least one so-called science blog (NASA watch) has questioned why NASA is wasting time on cold fusion? It then goes onto state NASA is looking into LENR which is accurate and states low energy reaction is a form of nuclear power. The blog writer Keith Cowing accuses Dennis M. Bushnell of NASA’s Langley Research Center of quackery for daring to discuss LENR.
He apparently wants NASA management to punish Bushnell because the money would be better spent on “science” missions. What science would that be the Search for Extraterrestrial Life (listening for alien radio signals) or moving rocks around on Mars. I suppose providing a new energy source for future space missions is not on NASA’s agenda anymore. Nor are solving problems like energy depletion.
Hopefully Mr. Bushnell will ignore this nonsense and concentrate on his science. As for Mr. Gates I’m going to ignore him and critics like Mr. Cowing.
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