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.