Major US Newspaper Covers Andrea Rossi, Cold Fusion

A major US newspaper has finally published an article about Andrea Rossi and cold fusion. The article was surprisingly honest, accurate and fair if shallow. The piece entitled Hope, Fusion for Cold Fusion in The Boston Globe was refreshingly free of the usual hype and exaggerated and unfounded claims by ignorant naysayers. The article was written by Globe staff writer D.C. Dennison.

Andrea Rossi meets with Massachusetts State Senator Bruce Tarr photo by Joanne Rathe Boston Globe staff

The article chronicled Rossi’s visit to the Massachusetts State House in Boston last week. Rossi visited the State House at the invitation of Republican State Senator Bruce Tarr, the minority leader in the body’s upper house. On Tuesday, November 27 Rossi met with representatives of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts and others at the State House.

 

This is the first meeting to my knowledge between Rossi and US elected officials since he announced e-cat. Unfortunately nobody from the federal government or the US Department of Energy was present. There have been unconfirmed reports that Rossi has met with military officers and officials and that the US military was the first customer for his e-cat technology.

Rossi display his patriotism for his adopted country the USA. Photo by Joanne Rathe Boston Globe

Tarr’s rationale for inviting Rossi to his state was very basic:

“My thought process was pretty simple: If it works, I want this technology to be developed and manufactured in Massachusetts,’’ Tarr said.

Robert Tamarin a Dean of Science at the University of Massachusetts also met with Rossi. He said everybody in the room was skeptical and talked mostly about manufacturing. Massachusetts has been a historic leader in science and technology in the US. The US Industrial Revolution began there, MIT is America’s top science and research school, and many technology companies are based there. The state has been hard hit by a loss of manufacturing jobs in recent decades.

Tamarin had something interesting to say about Rossi too. He noted:

“Rossi said he was not ready for a full academic investigation of his technology because he doesn’t yet have full patent protection,’’ Tamarin said. “That’s consistent with it not working, but it’s also consistent with it working very well.’’

No developments or agreements apparently came out of the meeting although reporter D.C. Dennison seems to think the e-cat is merely a power plant. No mention of its potential capacities for water heating and home heating was made in the short article.

This is rather sad because Massachusetts families that rely on expensive and old-fashioned fuel oil boilers for heat could use a modern alternative like e-cat. The Bay State would be a perfect market for e-cat heaters.

The article did mention valid reasons why many are skeptical of Cold Fusion. Mainly that it has not worked so far.

It is good to see public officials, scientists and journalists with open minds on this subject in the US. Hopefully somebody in the US Congress (which has the power to force the US Department of Energy to act by taking away its funding) will follow Senator Tarr’s lead and ask for a Congressional investigation of this device. E-cat backers in the United States should forget about writing President Obama or the Attorney General and instead e-mail their US Representatives who can actually do something.

 

 

Maybe this and University of Missouri physcist Robert Duncan’s agitation for a national research effort into Cold Fusion will lead to some action.

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