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.

Mitt Romney Courtesy Romney Campaign

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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7 Responses to Fusion World Quiet Except for Silly Claims, Attacks

  • Mark Gibbs says:

    You need to go back and re-read my Forbes column of November 28th. I was not “griping” that Rossi wants to make money, in fact, I’d be happy if he made it clear that he does because then his motivation would be understandable and he’d be going about proving that his system works. I never suggested he should reveal how his system works and if he intends to make money then the longer he keeps it secret the better. As for my complaint that there’s no proof, a small group of people who *say* it works is not the same as publishing test results.

    My problem with the whole E-Cat circus is, as I have tried to make clear, is that there’s no proof it works as claimed. You and all of the other believers are free to do just that, believe, but until I see something that is more than a rumor, more than a belief, all I can do is cross my fingers.

    Yours sincerely,
    Mark Gibbs.

    • jennifer says:

      I read it over a number of times. I was disappointed by the childish tone of your columns. You first made ridiculous claims that the e-cat would instantly revolutionize the world. Then when that did not happen you dismissed it. I would like to see proof too but dismissing something because somebody does not act the way you want is not scientific. A rational course of action would be to sit back and see if something happens. It would be wonderful if everybody behaved was we would like them to. Invention and science do not happen instantly or overnight. Nor do results appear instantly. It’s interesting to note that Rossi’s device is not producing the amount of heat he wants. If you’re waiting for an instant technological revolution or overnight solutions to the world’s problems you’re going to be disappointed every time Mark. Thanks for writing in.

  • Jesse says:

    I agree with Jennifer.
    It may have been childish to get exuberant when you as a journalist require imminent proof. Sitting back and waiting for a ‘Rossi Customer’ to come out of hiding (or not) would’ve probably been more fair.
    As many have noted, if Rossi is a scam, the levels this has started resonating in (Bruce Tarr, MIT, NASA scientists, etc) should be of merit to report in the end also.
    LENR seems undoubtedly real, just far from perfection.
    If Nickel/Hydrogen fusion was stumbled upon as NASA’s Dennis Bushnell states in a “Edisonian” trial & error style way, that is something I cross all my fingers and toes in hopes for along with Mr. Gibbs.

  • @Mark Gibbs:
    I read your article “How to Make Cold Fusion Work: Use Unobtainium” at Forbes web site several times. Here are my comments.

    You dismissed entirely the work of the thousands of science workers in the LENR field in the last 20 years by your logical, fancy conclusions :
    “Now, you could imagine this device to be cheap to build and cheap to run but with a pollution problem or maybe cheap to build with no pollution problem but expensive to run or perhaps expensive to build but cheap to run and non-polluting? But all three?! That would be miraculous”

    Rossi is the Edisson of our time.

    Our universe is a miracle – it will allow us to achieve this cheap, pollution free and cheap to build devices. Well this IS really what comes out of the work of those persons, which I really believe are much more proficient in their field than you are. There is no way all the scientists from NASA,MIT , Europe and Japan are wrong in “repeatable, reproducible,recorded claims” by following the scientific method.

    With all my respect to Fortune – they do serve the interests of the established big money – meaning currently the big oil. However at some point of time even big oil will realize which is the winning technology and they will jump on board. Established media never liked people like the Wright brothers … but after the flight begins the songs are changed …

    I will be glad seeing you posting negative comments about the LENR field and particularly Rossi along the time on Fortune, sooner or later you will be out of performing this duty because you will look more and more ridiculous …

    Save your precious time – do not reply, even worst do not post in Fortune anything related to this post , but better: EDUCATE YOURSELF before manipulating your big audience:

    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Zawodny-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Nelson-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Bushnell-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20111209NASA-Fralick-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf

    @Mark Gibbs:
    I read your article “How to Make Cold Fusion Work: Use Unobtainium” at Forbes web site several times. Here are my comments.

    You dismissed entirely the work of the thousands of science workers in the LENR field in the last 20 years by your logical, fancy conclusions :
    “Now, you could imagine this device to be cheap to build and cheap to run but with a pollution problem or maybe cheap to build with no pollution problem but expensive to run or perhaps expensive to build but cheap to run and non-polluting? But all three?! That would be miraculous”

    Rossi is the Edisson of our time.

    Our universe is a miracle – it will allow us to achieve this cheap, pollution free and cheap to build devices. Well this IS really what comes out of the work of those persons, which I really believe are much more proficient in their field than you are. There is no way all the scientists from NASA,MIT , Europe and Japan are wrong in “repeatable, reproducible,recorded claims” by following the scientific method.

    With all my respect to Fortune – they do serve the interests of the established big money – meaning currently the big oil. However at some point of time even big oil will realize which is the winning technology and they will jump on board. Established media never liked people like the Wright brothers … but after the flight begins the songs are changed …

    I will be glad seeing you posting negative comments about the LENR field and particularly Rossi along the time on Fortune, sooner or later you will be out of performing this duty because you will look more and more ridiculous …

    Save your precious time – do not reply, even worst do not post in Fortune anything related to this post , but better: EDUCATE YOURSELF before manipulating your big audience:

    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Zawodny-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Nelson-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20110922NASA-Bushnell-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf
    http://newenergytimes.com/v2/government/NASA/20111209NASA-Fralick-GRC-LENR-Workshop.pdf

    • jennifer says:

      Thanks. You’re right. Mr. Gibbs doesn’t really seem to have done his homework. Which is typical of an established media journalist.

  • SQRLSY One says:

    Hi ECAT or ECAT fan or ECAT Skeptic,

    Has anyone considered making a home-use version of the ECAT that could be used as a food irradiator? Longer version/suggestion: The ECAT, by all appearances, derives most of the heat energy produced, by converting (in its shielding) gamma rays (high-energy electromagnetic rays, AKA ionizing radiation that is eminently suitable for food irradiation) into heat. In the USA, if you did such a thing (make a food irradiator), the FDA (a sub-division of Government Almighty) can be relied upon to make you study such a device for a few decades, and spend millions of dollars, to prove it to be safe, under all conceivable circumstances, and in all parallel universes that MIGHT possibly exist. So my suggestion to you, if you should chose to make a food irradiator version, is to market it to a burgeoning new market called Scienfoology. See http://www.churchofSQRLS.com , where you can see details about how Scienfoologists use technologies, in the name of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, on their EFFIGIES rather than on themselves, and so therefor escape Government Almighty regulation. Advertise your food irradiator to be used, NOT for foods for human consumption, but for use ONLY for feeding irradiated foods to EFFIGIES. This is a VERY convenient escape from Government Almighty, for those greedy capitalists who might wish to combine the heat generation capabilities, plus the raw, cootie-organisms-killing (think salmonella, E-coli, etc.) powers of gamma radiation, into a VERY convenient (and disease-defeating) home cooking device!

    Thanks! -SQRLSY One

    • jennifer says:

      I do not what this is saying but it is entertaining. PS tax evasion is a crime in the United States which is what your church appears to be.