Rossi Rejects $1 Million Offer as Stunt
Andrea Rossi has correctly and sensibly rejected the latest offer from Australian “skeptic” Dick Smith. Smith is the character who supposedly offered Rossi $200,000 then rejected it after finding technical flaws with Rossi’s ecat low energy nuclear reaction device without ever seeing it. How Smith achieved this remarkable achievement is still unknown he lives in Australia and the ecat is in Bologna Italy. Neither Smith nor his engineer actually traveled there to examine the device. They apparently looked over some schematics.
Smith’s latest tactic is to offer Rossi $1 million if he can repeat a demonstration he reportedly conducted for Swedish scientists Sven Kullander & Hanno Essen. Note Kullander and Essen are still standing by Rossi. Rossi has rejected this offer and instead asked why Smith simply doesn’t buy one of his 1 megawatt e-cat heating devices. This sell for around $1.2 million a piece, one would assume that somebody who has $1 million to throw away on a demonstration could afford that. Rossi had until Feb. 20 to accept this offer he rejected it.
Smith could buy the device ship it to Australia and have his people examine it there. That should clear up any questions. Note he probably isn’t going to do this. Instead he probably plans to withdraw the offer after finding another fault with Rossi.
Here’s Rossi’s first response to a question about this matter:
Dear Archibald Fields:
This is a Clownerie. If this guy wants to test a 1 MW plant and has 1 million to spend he can buy a 1 MW plant, with a regular contract, that gives him all the necessary guarantees and to us the logic financial guarantees. Our plants are tested by Our Customers and the Consultants they choose. I have not time at all for this clownery. Besides: when Our E-CATS will be in the market, this “millionaire” will have the chance to buy for few hundred dollars an E-Cat and test it as he wants, so why waste money? I do not need his money.
He then made another statement in which he understandably sounds annoyed by this nonsense. Here’s what he wrote:
- MILLIONAIRE TEST: I AM THE CEO OF LEONARDO CORPORATION AND RECENTLY LEONARDO CORPORATION BECAME PROPERTY OF A TRUST OF INVESTORS TO WHOSE ATTORNEYS I HAVE TO ANSWER. THIS, COMBINED WITH THE FACT THAT OUR 1 MW PLANTS HAVE BEEN SOLD TO AN ENTITY THAT WANTS NOT TO BE DISCLOSED (WE ARE UNDER NDA) FORBIDS ME TO TAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THIS ISSUE WITHOUT THE PERMISSIONS OF THE ATTORNEYS; THE OPINION OF THEM IS THAT THIS STUNT IS NOT SERIOUS AND THAT OUR TECHNOLOGY DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PROVEN BY A STUNT, BUT BY A REGULAR OPERATION BY THE CUSTOMERS. WE HAVE TO WORK ON MANUFACTURING LINES TO MAKE RELIABLE AND ECONOMIC OUR PRODUCTS, NOT TO MAKE SHOWS.
Note the trust of investors thing sounds like much bigger news than the Smith nonsense. I wonder who they are and what their agenda is. Presumably it is to take Leonardo Corporation Public (sell stock) or to seek venture capital. I also have to wonder why the identity of the investors hasn’t been made public.
As for Dick Smith I don’t see the point in what he is doing. Andrea Rossi has made some very bold claims. If he cannot live up to them by producing a working low energy nuclear reaction device for sale to the public he will be disproved. That would happen without Mr. Smith having to waste any time or money.
Rossi’s right the whole thing sounds suspiciously like a stunt. Unfortunately the media will play along with Smith and the skeptics will tout Rossi’s refusal to accept Smith’s challenge as proof ecat is a fraud. Hopefully Mr. Rossi will let us see a working ecat to silence the super skeptics. I also have to wonder what is next from Mr. Smith? A $10 million offer. Probably? Perhaps the skeptics ought to think about this before listening it but that would be too much to hope for.
If you’re wondering who Dick Smith is, he’s apparently an Australian businessman. He used to run a chain of electronic retail stores down under. He apparently has no scientific training or background in physics so I can’t see how he’s qualified to investigate this. He also runs Dick Smith foods which sells foods only made in Australia. Why he’s got this vendetta against Rossi is beyond me. Smith’s own Wikipedia entry admits his educational background consists of “North Sydney Boy’s High School.”