President Trump made good on his promise to roll back Barack Obama’s restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The move was announced by new Environmental Protection Agency Director and climate-change denier Scott Pruitt on March 28.
Trump and Pruitt claim that the move will increase coal burning and the number of coal-mining jobs. Something that even Robert Murray the CEO of America’s largest private coal miner admitted would not happen. Even though Murray is a strong supporter of Trump’s actions, he told The Guardian that Trump’s move will not restore any coal mining jobs.
Trump moved to get rid of the Clean Power Plan; which was designed to cut US carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. Murray was one of a number of observers who pointed out that a glut of coal on the market, falling demand and prices and mechanized mining means there will be no new coal-mining jobs. Fortunately there is other work available, the U.S. solar power industry employed more people in 2016 than the coal industry, Mother Jones reported.
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.
Our friends at the Martin Fleischmann Memorial Project (MFMP) have put an intriguing statement on their Facebook Page. Here it is:
“What if you had a document that…
- Showed nuclear synthesis without harmful radiation
- had two catalysts, a big and a small one
- could self-sustain
- operated between familiar temperatures
- had demonstrated melt-downs
- works as a fluid
- could be enhanced by other catalysts
Does this mean that the project has actually achieved a sustainable low energy nuclear reaction (LENR)? I don’t know but it is rather fascinating. The project has been reporting some impressive results lately so it might be possible.
New Old LENR Patent?
It might refer to a 1994 patent application for a “Hydride Condensation Process” filed by Richard A. Day and Kenneth A. Rubinson of the University of Cincinnati. Patent WO 1996006434 A1 is for a:
A federal judge in Miami has dismissed four of the claims in Andrea Rossi’s lawsuit against Industrial Heat on July 19, 2016. Four other claims were left intact so the suit is moving forward.
United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga took the action; when she reviewed Industrial Heat’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The four claims Altonaga dismissed were:
Andrea Rossi is now accusing Tom Darden’s Industrial Heat of trying to sell his own e-cat low nuclear reaction (LENR) technology back to him.
“As usual, the guys of Industrial Heat (IH) are ready to sell what they do not own; now they are offering us to buy back our license, the license that they do not have anymore,” Rossi wrote at his blog on June 23, 2016, “I wonder if they will try to sell the Coliseum of Rome as well. IH has no more any license related to our IP (intellectual property); and whomever is interested to us in North America, Central America, South America, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Emirates must contact exclusively.”
Rossi’s company; Leonardo Corporation, terminated Industrial Heat’s license to market the ecat technology on June 2, 2016, a press release indicates. Therefore we have to wonder what Industrial Heat is up to.
Many more details of Rossi’s lawsuit against Industrial Heat LLC are now available, because a copy of the actual lawsuit has been posted online.
Not surprisingly, the information contained in the suit is very different than many of the media accounts. Some interesting new details about Rossi, Leonardo Corporation and the e-cat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) technology are now available.
The relationship between Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation and Tom Darden’s Industrial Heat LLC has apparently fallen apart. The Leonardo Corporation has filed a federal lawsuit against Industrial Heat for breach of an industrial license and misappropriation of intellectual property on April 5, 2015, a press release states.
Rossi is apparently claiming that Industrial Heat violated the patent and other agreements relating to his ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Last year, Rossi sold Industrial Heat a license for the rights to the ecat technology.
The suit is apparently holding up the release of the results of the third party validation test of ecat. That test which lasted 352 days is apparently done but Rossi cannot release the results because of the pending lawsuit. The press release seemed to confirm this claim with the flowing statements:
There’s another very good reason to be afraid of global warming it could cause serious food shortages. Reports from NASA and other organizations indicate that rising temperatures created by greenhouse gases could make it a lot harder to grow food in the near future.
More and more regions of the Earth are simply getting too hot to raise crops in satellite images reveal, NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan told Business Insider. Temperatures over 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) interfere with photosynthesis – the process by which plants convert carbon dioxide into carbohydrates (food) – according to Stofan.
A NASA analysis of global temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2014 revealed that the number of places in the world where temperatures regularly reach those numbers is growing fast. This includes some heavily populated areas including Southeast Asia, the Himalayas and Southern Africa.
Andrea Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation has received a United States Patent that could cover his Ecat low energy nuclear reaction (LENR). Interestingly enough the patent US 9,115,913 B1 dated August 25, 2015, does not mention LENR, cold fusion or the words Ecat or energy catalyzer.
Instead it is for a device called a Fluid Heater. Andrea Rossi is listed as the inventor and his company Leonardo Corporation is listed as the assignee or owner. The Fluid Heater is described as:
“An apparatus for heating fluid includes a tank for holding fluid to be heated, and a fuel wafer in fluid communication with the fluid. The fuel wafer includes a fuel mixture including reagents and a catalyst, and an electrical resistor or other heat source in thermal communication with the fuel mixture and the catalyst.”