An Open Letter to the IPCC — Cold Fusion is Fossil Fuel Alternative

The following open letter to the Third Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC WG III), which is due to report findings in Berlin later this month, has been submitted by ECW reader Gordon Docherty, who urges other cold fusion supporters to also contact the IPPC.


As the IPCC’s Working Group II  have now reported, we live in an era of man-made climate change, with the release of Carbon Dioxide over the last 150 years being one of the prime culprits for global warming.  So, will fossil fuels melt the global economy?

They are already destroying it, and not just in terms of global warming.  Sadly, the current status quo with fossil fuel usage is not just about energy but about power.

Yet, there are alternatives, and many more than the politicians want to admit to.

Now, it’s easy to bash down Wind, Wave and Solar (cost, continuity of supply and damage to the environment being the usual arguments) and they do have their limitations – including the geopolitical ones of ownership of Supply (Building a power array in the Sahara might look appealing, but it would be in politically unstable countries – and the desert is a harsh and dirty environment, especially for solar panels). Still, Wind, Wave, Solar are viable up to a point.

There is also Hydro, but that, too, has its own problems.

So, it is time to spread the argument to look at what else is (or soon will be) “out there” – an energy source that will work anywhere, anyplace, anytime, and not be subject to the instabilities and whims of despotic regimes, with a view to eliminating fossil reserves as fuels altogether – after all, the chemical industry needs fossil reserves for making things, like medicines, plastics, high-tech materials, fertilizers, so why burn them?

Now, there is nuclear, but that produces long-lived radioactive waste, something that has to date somewhat limited its usefulness.  This, however, is where we now need to be brave, as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been granted a patent by the European Patent Office for a “Nuclide transmutation device and nuclide transmutation method” that, as the introduction to the patent states, will allow for the transformation of long-lived radioactive waste into short-lived radioactive nuclides or stable nuclides and the transmutation of abundant elements into rare earth elements (the patent application was filed in 2001, but was only finally granted on December 3 2013: the inventors are listed as Yasuhiro Iwamura, Takehiko Itoh and Mitsuru Sakano with the applicant being Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.)

The implications of this are enormous as it is a process to clean-up fissile material, reducing it to very short half-life waste of the order of a decade or so (from thousands of years).  Much of the waste in Sellafield has already been there 20 years or more, so this is good news for dealing with a problem we already have.

The best bit is yet to come, however, as the process involved is a metal deuteride / metal hydride process – the same basis as LENR / CMNS and similar developments.

To understand why the best bit is yet to come, it is necessary to look back twenty five years: on March 23rd 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann announced to the world their discovery of a new form of energy, one that quickly became known as Cold Fusion. The world reacted with surprise, scepticism and, ultimately, derision, as “famous names” in science sought to replicate the success. Unfortunately for the world, these famous names, in their haste to grab the crown, failed in their attempts. At the time, it was claimed Pons and Fleischmann had been mistaken, that there was no effect or that worse they were charlatans and frauds. Cold fusion disappeared as quickly as it had come. Those whose livelihoods and government grants depended on maintaining the status quo in energy and energy research breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Now, however, twenty-five years on, the world faces a perfect storm as climate change, energy security, energy demand, demand for water and demand on scarce resources combine to threaten not just our way of life but the stability of the planet’s various eco-systems – and our very survival. The need for a safe, secure, clean, inexpensive, plentiful, reliable supply of energy has never been more pressing, yet the options on the table remain, after 25 years, oil, coal, gas and fission (namely, uranium), often from politically unstable regions of the world, with some renewables: even the renewables are coming under pressure, however, as their cost, need for energy storage / augmentation, need for land and green credentials (solar and wind generators in particular requiring materials that despoil the Earth in a big way to extract) all come under fire.

So, is there another way? Twenty five years on, is there nothing that can be done to resurrect the promise of Cold Fusion? According to popular mythology, and the vested powers that be, Cold Fusion is dead. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. In fact, Cold Fusion survived the initial savaging it received at the hands of the “famous names”, albeit in small, out of the way laboratories well off the beaten track. These small laboratories continued to work on – and, more importantly, understand, the work undertaken by Pons and Fleischmann.  This time, through careful replication (the devil is in the details), reflection and adjustment – that is, using proper RE-search techniques – they not only replicated the effects, they enhanced and improved on them: like some long lost secret of the ancients, the secrets of Cold Fusion have been slowly revealing themselves, as dedicated individuals have searched, searched and searched again (the origin of the word research: RE-search) by trial and error to find out what worked and what did not.  As a result of this work, a whole new set of research avenues into “Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR)”, “Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions (LANR)”, “Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR)”, Transmutation, Cold Fusion and Hydrino formation, all under the umbrella of “Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (CMNS)” have opened up.  The result has been the development of competing theories and models that, whilst appearing superficially different, share many of the same effects and are indeed now being seen as different combinations of these same effects in different proportions. Most interestingly, from the initial work of Pons and Fleischmann (which, by their own admission, they partly misunderstood at the time) where only a small amount of excess power was sporadically detected, reliable excess power production into the kilowatts and beyond is now being seen.

So, after twenty five years, and facing the perfect storm, is it not time to open our minds and revisit the field of Cold Fusion in its many new forms of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR), Lattice Assisted Nuclear Reactions (LANR), Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR), Transmutation and Hydrino formation? If you can suspend the prejudice that has surrounded this area of research for the last twenty five years, you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find – as well as truly dismayed at the visceral hate that was wrongly directed toward Fleischmann and Pons twenty five years ago, a hate whose consequences we are facing today as highlighted all-too-graphically in the IPCC’s report. Never before has humanity been faced with such a stark choice of change or die.

The question now to ask is not “why are we looking into this” but “why are we as individuals, societies, states and the whole world NOT looking into this?”: it took the Manhattan project (without computers), 7 years to deliver a “working” device, with the main push being from 1942 to 1945 – only three years.

In the case of metal deuterides / metal hydrides, a remarkable subset of Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (CMNS) research), we already have working systems that are currently being worked on:

Seventy years ago, the Allies invested much effort into generating what were, in the end, weapons of Mass Destruction, weapons that have led to a world of fear for the last 70 years.  So, why are those some countries, now rebranded as “the West”, not investing heavily in Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (CMNS) research and the production of practical, peaceful energy generators that will usher in a golden age and, quite literally, deliver us from evil?

The IPCC report just underlies the need for bringing on new energy sources NOW – with so much energy, it would even be possible to convert the CO2 + H2O back into hydrocarbons + oxygen, to provide feedstock to the chemical industry.

With new capabilities come new possibilities – and a new golden age.

Or, we can just keep going along the path we are going – but then it must now be understood that this path, and all that the consequences that flow from it, is being taken deliberately and in cold blood.

Finally, in case you are in any doubts about the deception that has been perpetrated on the world over the last 25 years, just see:

And then look to some recent events that show just why it is time to look again :

I believe, after reading this, you will be in no doubt that there is something very wrong with the picture being presented, and that we are not helpless in the face of adversity, but actually have within our reach a way to move the world toward a golden future – if only we have the courage to stand up and be counted against the forces of evil that will otherwise push us toward our own doom.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Docherty B.Sc. M.Sc. MBA MBCS MCMI