17, 2010 Newsletter
Lies about Cold Fusion and the Truth about Green Energy via LENR
you think all scientists are honorable scholars in pursuit of truth?
Think again! Unfortunately, some are just as corrupt and self-serving
as the worst scoundrels in many other fields.
You will enjoy my newest radio show that airs today: “Did Scientists on
’60-Minutes’ Lie about Cold Fusion". Steve Krivit, editor of The New
Energy Times, exposes the misrepresentations by Cold Fusionists who
were featured on that ’60-Minutes’ show. You’ll hear how, for selfish
aims, they interfered with a major breakthrough in developing green
energy, LENR, which promises cheap, clean, and abundant energy that
will not harm the environment. Access the show through my website
In April, 2009, CBS’s ’60-Minutes’ broadcast “Cold Fusion is Hot Again”
featuring scientists claiming to have achieved nuclear fusion at room
temperature, fusing deuterium and releasing vast amount of energy.
Rather than substantiating these extravagant claims with scientific
evidence, they showed a fancy animated video of deuterium atoms happily
bouncing together, fusing into helium. CBS enthusiastically extolled
the tremendous breakthroughs made by these Cold Fusionists, who have
long been rejected by mainstream science.
Nuclear fusion is nature’s way of making energy—it’s what stars do.
Since fusion is millions of times more efficient and less polluting
than burning coal and gas, finding a practical fusion technology is the
holy grail of energy research. The problem is all nuclei have positive
electric charges that strongly repel one another. Stars overcome this
“Coulomb” barrier because their core temperatures are tens of millions
of degrees—not very practical here on Earth. Cold Fusionist claim to
overcome the Coulomb barrier at low temperatures (hence the word
“cold”), but have no coherent explanation for why their “magical”
devices defy basic physical laws.
I responded to the ’60-Minutes’ show in a piece called “Cold Fusion’s
No Better Reheated”, and received a deluge of hate mail. There are some
pretty nasty folks out there with their own agendas who have no
interest in rational discussion.
In March 2010, Steve Krivit reversed his long-standing support for Cold
Fusion and announced that he found major misrepresentation of
experimental data by some of the scientists featured by ’60-Minutes’.
Krivit explains how some scientists managed to monopolize government
research funding, control conferences presentations, and suppress
publications by scientists with different ideas. All this interfered
with advancing the much more promising LENR technology.
I did a radio show on LENR in November with Lewis Larsen of Lattice
Energy, its principal driving force.
While Cold Fusion requires “magic”—new particles or forces yet unknown
to science—LENR combines known science in a unique and extremely clever
way, with no need to invoke magic. LENR promises to deliver vast
amounts of clean energy through a combination of electric, weak, and
strong interactions. The key step in LENR is producing low-energy
neutrons, which can enter a nucleus without resistance since they have
no electric charge. By repeatedly adding neutrons, LENR can enable
reactions similar to nuclear fusion, but at low temperatures and
without harmful radiation. The same stupendous amount of energy,
millions of times more than burning fossil fuels, can be produced
without expensive reactors or radioactive waste, and with virtually no
pollution or greenhouse gases.
The LENR theory seems entirely consistent with all known science, and
has been favorably reviewed by NASA. If it can be commercialized, LENR
will change everything—we could stop bankrupting our economy and
poisoning our planet. LENR will be far cheaper than solar or wind
power. We could drastically reduce pollution and greenhouse gas
emissions, and have virtually unlimited, virtually free energy for
everyone. The U.S. could stop sending $400 billion dollars a year
overseas to often hostile countries, some of which ends up funding
Every new technology faces challenges, but LENR’s enormous potential
certainly justifies the very modest investment it requires—less than we
spend on oil in a single day!
For the record, and contrary to some hate mail, I have no financial
relationship with either Cold Fusion or LENR. But, if stock in a good
LENR company becomes available, I’m going for it.
Author of "Everyone's
Guide to Atoms, Einstein, and the Universe" and
Life Be Merely An Accident?"