CBC Covers the Cold Fusion Story

A new article on the current state of cold fusion has been posted on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) website written by Torah Kachur, titled “Q&A: Why the controversial science of cold fusion is getting hot again” The link is here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/congress-cold-fusion-briefing-1.3772873

It’s pretty much the same kind of article that we see from time to time in the news media, with an introduction to cold fusion, a brief history and review of why the field is so controversial, and an update of things that are happening at the moment.

In this case, the article has been published today because Kachur reports that: “Today [September 22], the U.S. House of Representatives committee on armed services is set to be presented with a bill outlining the potential of cold fusion.”

To the best of my knowledge this report that the US House Armed Services Committee has requested by today, has not been delivered. The recent article by Michael Brooks in the New Scientist stated that the report would be delayed, so I think maybe the expectation for a report today is unfounded.

In this CBC article the author seems rather skeptical of the idea that cold fusion could be a big deal, but she does hold out some hope. Here are the concluding paragraphs:

So where do we sit? Right now, we have some very secretive work done by scientists that don’t have the greatest track record. But there are countries getting into the LENR game — Japan is rumoured to be making advances in this field, which might be part of the reason the U.S. is trying to catch up.

There is promise — promise that could basically make the petroleum industry obsolete — but, ultimately, cold fusion is further from reality than some would have us believe.

It’s a pretty safe prediction — cold fusion might or might not be worth anything.

  • Veblin

    The report may only be known when it comes out in the Congressional Record.
    Or in a Committee Report.
    For example the Committee Report requesting a Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) Briefing.
    Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) Briefing

    The committee is aware of recent positive developments in
    developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produce
    ultra-clean, low-cost renewable energy that have strong
    national security implications. For example, according to the
    Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), if LENR works it will be a
    “disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy
    production and storage.” The committee is also aware of the
    Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) findings
    that other countries including China and India are moving
    forward with LENR programs of their own and that Japan has
    actually created its own investment fund to promote such
    technology. DIA has also assessed that Japan and Italy are
    leaders in the field and that Russia, China, Israel, and India
    are now devoting significant resources to LENR development. To
    better understand the national security implications of these
    developments, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense to
    provide a briefing on the military utility of recent U.S.
    industrial base LENR advancements to the House Committee on
    Armed Services by September 22, 2016. This briefing should
    examine the current state of research in the United States, how
    that compares to work being done internationally, and an
    assessment of the type of military applications where this
    technology could potentially be useful.

    It may be part of this upcoming Committee meeting.
    Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – 2:00pm
    Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
    Department of Defense Laboratories: Innovation through Science and Engineering in Support of Military Operations
    Emerging Threats and Capabilities (114th Congress)
    Dr. Edward R Franchi
    Acting Director of Research, Naval Research Laboratory
    Dr. Jeffery P Holland
    Director, Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, on behalf of Waterways Experiment Station
    Major General Robert D McMurry, USAF
    Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory
    Dr. Philip Perconti
    Acting Director, United States Army Research Laboratory
    114th Congress


  • sam

    I hope she will soon have an article
    that Canada is going to invest in
    LENR research.

  • georgehants

    Sep 23, 2016 @ 10:00 AM
    Is Cold Fusion Feasible? Or Is It A Fraud?

  • TVulgaris

    That doesn’t have the frisson of doomsday, though, and so doesn’t boost sales, not being a good sound bite, meme, or headline, and you have to differentiate the idiocy of burning billions of tons a year without any large-scale implementation of GHG remediation (let alone proper pollution and disaster prevention and remediation) from the ho-hum of much more valuable chemical resource management (but to the tune of millions, rather than billions, of tons.
    It most certainly could destroy the fossil fuel industry, or at least decimate it.

    • MasterBlaster7

      I did some ‘back of the napkin’ math once on oil consumed for energy and oil consumed for the reasons stated by PappyYokum. About 80% is energy.

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