As most mainstream media outlets remain cautious about reporting the eCat as either a breakthrough energy device or a scam, you could be forgiven for thinking that those who need to know about it do not. Sure, mass-media attention could bring a stampede of interest, but there are signs that Rossi’s strategy of enigma-before-certainty may be working. We know he has our attention but what about potential investors, scientists, competitors, politicians?
To many, AR’s refusal to do more tests is evidence that he is trying to hide the fact that the eCat does not work but, if that were true, why perform over a dozen semi-public demos over the last few months and numerous private ones? That does not fit the fear hypothesis. One guess is that he does not want to prove himself too well in case he attracts excessive attention. He needs time to get his patent or enough money and momentum to secure his position for when the inevitable storm breaks.
To counter that, it is reasonable to wonder why he organised any demos at all. For someone trying to avoid too much attention, he sure blogs a lot and plays to the audience at the drop of a hat. On the one hand, he invites a minor AP journalist and announces on his blog (before the 28th ‘customer’ test) that top-level scientists and journalists will be there and on the other he restricts their access and gives nothing of substance that would allow the AP man to convince his editor of anything.
Could the reality be somewhere in the middle? He cannot afford to be invisible. This is business and he needs investors and/or customers. And yet, if he convinces the world and its dog, a thousand labs will swing into action overnight and he hastens the chance of an important discovery trumping his. If that happens, he might get the legs cut from under him quickly. We know there are already competitors breathing down his neck. Imagine how much money will get thrown at them should the fear of missing out on the next big thing infect those with investment funds sitting out the recession. Now imagine it happening while AR is extremely vulnerable. The argument goes that he would be showered with offers and I have to agree to thinking that likely – however, lone inventors who subjugate themselves to powerful men have a history of being burned. We know that AR does not trust easily and if the reality of the Petroldragon affair is even close to his version of events, he has every reason to play canny.
Today’s Boston Globe is a case in point. We’ve heard the story before and the usual stuff is trotted out such as this:
The E-Cat is also haunted by previous “cold fusion’’ claims that have gone unproven. In 1989, researchers Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann famously claimed to have produced a small amount of energy by nuclear fusion on a lab bench at room temperature. Although their work generated a Time magazine cover story, other scientists failed to replicate cold fusion, and the field was soon discredited.
Compare that statement to the following from NASA’s Glen Research Centre regarding the Sep 2011 LENR Workshop [my bold]:
Tests conducted at NASA Glenn Research Center in 1989 and elsewhere consistently showed evidence of anomalous heat during gaseous loading and unloading deuterium into bulk palladium. At one time called “cold fusion,” now called “low-energy nuclear reactions” (LENR), such effects are now published in peer-reviewed journals and are gaining attention and mainstream respectability. The instrumentation expertise of NASA GRC is applied to improve the diagnostics for investigating the anomalous heat in LENR.
Even as these results have been repeated and bettered over the last two decades, most scientists still don’t realise it. This state of affairs is aided by journalists who feed on the circular negativity promoted by their ill-informed sources.
The inability of many scientists and politicians to understand that Rossi does not trust the system that fostered the above situation is myopic. Although I understand and share their frustration even as I share Rossi’s admiration of science, I also abhor the yells of ‘scam’ when the inventor refuses to do things their way.
One interesting point comes from the Globe article. It seems that Senator Tarr instigated Rossi’s invite to Boston. That the politician reached out would imply – I think – that someone is paying attention and able to see through the group-think. Tarr may have insight or better informed advisers than most but, if we get lucky, he will turn out to be the visible vanguard of a hidden change that is long, long overdue.
The big question (if we put aside the even bigger question for a moment) is – Will the shifting ground slide before or after Rossi gains the strength he needs? I think Rossi is far cleverer than many give him credit for and the credibility dance has many subtle moves we’ve yet to see.
External events may yet knock him from his feet. There is a sense of gathering forces beginning to reshape the landscape but, so far, Rossi appears to have kept his course. It is difficult not to admire his footwork.
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- Andrea Rossi
Dear Rick Meisinger:
I have not time to think to the skeptics. I have to give all my time to the Customers. I am very tired of this skeptics stuff, and of proposal of new tests which are just insults to the serious work made from the high level professionals who worked in the tests already made. Again: somebody wants to make tests? Buy a plant, do all the tests they want. I absolutely have not time, not in this period, I am working 16 hours per day to make all I have to do for the real problem, which is to satisfy the tests that our Customers will make before paying the plants.