Rossi on Threats and Trolls

Here is an interesting exchange from the Journal of Nuclear Physics between Andrea Rossi and Gerard McEk:

Gerard McEk
January 24, 2021 at 4:22 AM
Dear Andrea,
1. I know trolls are marginalizing your work and try to blacken you reputation. Now with the approaching introduction of the Ecat SKL, has their activity increased?
2. Do you receive threats that demand not to introduce the Ecat?
3. Is the fact that you keep your location secret linked to these threads?
4. Maybe your open communication on JoNP contributes to these threats, but may also be a a way of protecting yourself, can you say something about that?
Thanks for answering our questions, kind regards, Gerard

Andrea Rossi
January 24, 2021 at 9:34 AM
Gerard McEk:
1. I don’t know: I do not have time to read stupidities, but the fact that our competitors are paying trolls to disparage our work with their rock and troll corroborates the evidence of the fact that they fear us: nobody would spend money and/or time to disparage something that does not worth the while
2. yes
3. yes
4. I think my communication here helps us
Warm Regards,

Trolls are nothing new when it comes to the E-Cat. Andrea Rossi has attracted attacks almost from the moment he introduced the E-Cat back in 2011. You can find trolling behavior online on almost any topic, and I think that Rossi has pretty much ignored them over the years and just concentrated on his work.

Threats and demands not to introduce the E-Cat might be a bit more concerning to him, depending on the nature and source of the threats. It is not hard to imagine some parties who have vested interests in the energy industry becoming quite worried if it turns out that the E-Cat SKL really works. I would expect Rossi and his partners are being cautious and circumspect, knowing that they have a technology with the potential to disrupt the status quo in significant ways.