As recent discussion has touched on things like patent approval, product certification, government approvals, and the like I have been thinking about the power of lobbying, and its effect on decision making in the public and private sectors. Almost every economic, political, social or industrial interest group of significant size in the world today is involved in serious and significant lobbying activity to affect public opinion and public policy.
Lobbying comes from diverse sources such as trade and industry associations, advocacy groups for social, political parties, workers’ unions. Many large companies and organizations have their own lobbying departments. Successful lobbyists have contacts and friends in influential positions in government, industry, and the media and are able to be persuasive in advocating for their particular causes and affecting public sentiment.
It seems to me that there is no natural lobby for the cause of LENR — and this could put the cause at a significant disadvantage when it comes to trying to compete with the many industries and interests it could threaten. From what I am able to see, at the moment there are few individuals or groups with much clout in the halls of power who are advocating for LENR. The cause could be significantly enhanced if well-known and well-connected individuals and groups would speak out in support of LENR — so far this has not happened. Most advocacy comes from independent free-thinking individuals who see the obvious benefits of LENR but who are largely unaffiliated with people who are able to make things happen in the real world.
It could be that the technology itself will be revolutionary and attractive enough for people in power to naturally embrace it — but maybe that kind of thinking is a bit naive. With the myriad and diverse interests that could stand to lose something, significant obstacles could be thrown up to stop things from progressing.
Maybe it’s just early days, and not enough people have learned about LENR yet, but so far there are signs that resistance could continue to be strong — skeptical voices did quite a good job of dampening the impact of the Levi report earlier this year, for example. Working E-Cats for satisfied custoemers should make a big difference in convincing people, but there may be objections raised in that case, as well — and even getting to that point could be difficult.
It could be that there really will be a need for a well-organized LENR lobby to educate the public, and key decision-makers help it move into the mainstream.