The following post is copied from LENR champion and US Senate Candidate, Randy Hekman’s blog. Having this entry front and centre on a politician’s campaign profile is a big step forward for LENR science. He takes a swipe at DOE and calls for business to take the lead. Not surprising, coming from the blue corner. In this case, he may be right.
America’s economic growth is strongly related to our access to low-cost energy sources. During the past 14 years, I have been studying a promising area of energy creation called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). I devoted three of those years to full time direct research in a lab. Fortunately, I had only one tiny (non-nuclear!) explosion when a small amount of hydrogen gas ignited in my laboratory
This area of LENR began with a bang itself in 1989 when researchers in Utah, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleishmann, claimed to have created nuclear fusion at room temperatures on a tabletop. Called at the time “cold fusion,” this announcement caused a great stir among scientists worldwide. While some research facilities were able to replicate the “cold fusion” findings, most facilities could not. But, ultimately, the scientific community was nearly unanimous in saying that known principles of physics would not allow fusion to occur at room temperatures on a tabletop.
Despite this scientific consensus, a sizable group of researchers from around the globe continued their experiments and kept documenting anomalous results that were consistent with a nuclear process occurring. How could this be?
It took a man I met at a conference in France five years ago to discover the answer. Lewis Larsen, now CEO of Lattice Energy LLC in Chicago, looked at the voluminous data from the many experiments and together with a partner, Dr. Allan Widom of Northeastern University, developed a theory now called the Widom-Larsen theory. This theory explains the data in ways that are totally consistent with accepted concepts of science. Their conclusion: LENR is neither fission nor fusion but is still nuclear. It also has the potential of providing energy for a wide variety of applications at low cost but without harmful radiation or leaving harmful residue. Leading physicists from NASA concur that this theory best explains the data and believe the potential is so great as to ultimately grow into a trillion dollar industry. For more information on this theory, see a website developed by a friend of mine who has been reporting on this area for a number of years:
So where do we go from here? The temptation is to look to Washington, but I totally disagree. The US Department of Energy (DoE) has a very dismal record in picking winners and losers in the energy area. We do not need more Solyndras. In fact, I support elimination of this department and allowing private investment and market forces to drive new energy technologies like LENR. I fully expect adventuresome private investors will support Lewis Larsen whom I believe has the knowledge base to turn good theory into good, useful technology.
This is a new, potentially trillion dollar industry that has the ability to solve our nation’s energy crisis, secure our country by not depending on foreign oil and turn America into an energy and technology exporter. Scientists in China and India are hard at work developing this technology and attempting to bring it to market. We cannot be left behind in our generation’s space race.
We need America to be the world leader in solving our energy crisis. And I believe we have the ability to make it happen.
He is pretty serious about getting the word out as the post was flagged by a press release:
Energy: America’s Next ‘Space Race’
Grand Rapids, Michigan – December 30, 2011. Could a new form of virtually limitless energy that promises national security, economic strength and environmental sustainability be in our future? According to energy experts, the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ in a form called Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). LENR refers to nuclear reactions that happen at room temperature. While nuclear, they involve neither fusion nor fission and require little shielding as they produce negligible radiation.
The significance of LENR technology, according to proponents, is that it has the potential to power virtually everything with little cost and no environmental damage, including the ability to power your home and everything in it, for just pennies a day.
LENR research has the potential to solve climate and energy problems, Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist of NASA’s Langley Research Center said in a June interview with EV World, a sustainability publication.
While claims like these bring a healthy skepticism, there is also growing evidence that this technology can be exploited. In fact, LENR is finding some unlikely allies in political candidates these days including Bruce Tarr, State Senator from Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, Presidential candidate and Randy Hekman, US Senate Candidate from Michigan.
“The simple reality is that our economy depends on energy that now is primarily derived from coal, oil and natural gas to function,” Hekman states. “Energy exploration–mining and drilling–provide needed jobs, and the energy these industries produce keep our economy moving. We need to end the policies that subsidize inefficient sources of energy such as ethanol, wind and geothermal. The best alternative energy program is Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR). Scientists in China and India are hard at work to overcome the technical hurdles and turn this scientific theory into useful consumer products. We need America to be the world leader in this.”
Hekman is no stranger to LENR, graduating from MIT and, in 1996 started his own research company around LENR. In 2004, he was part of a team to appear before a Department of Energy (DoE) panel to present research findings and seek scientific support. While campaigning for US Senate full time, Hekman continues to speak about LENR and is working to connect private funding sources with top LENR researchers in the U.S.
“This is a new, potentially trillion dollar industry that has the ability to solve our nation’s energy crisis, secure our country by not depending on foreign oil and turn America into an energy and technology exporter,” says Hekman. “This is our version of the ‘space-race’ where we need to develop this technology and get it to market first. Can someone explain to me again why this isn’t a top priority?”
Some institutions, such as U.S. Navy SPAWAR and NASA have been funding LENR research along with new interest from the likes of Royal Dutch Shell, the University of Missouri and others.
“But we need much more private investment in this new energy resource,” said Hekman. “The US Department of Energy (DoE) and the current administration has a dismal record in picking winners and losers in the energy area. We do not need more Solyndras. I believe in allowing private investment and market forces to drive new energy technologies like LENR.”
For more on this subject, visit Randy Hekman’s blog at http://randyhekman2012.com/_blog/Blog/post/Energy_America’ s_Next_’Space_Race’_/
Randy Hekman is a Navy veteran, former prosecutor, juvenile court judge, author and administrative pastor. In early 2011, Hekman announced his intentions to run for the United States Senate with a practical plan to bring healing to our nation. He is a Republican candidate running for the position currently held by Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. He has been married to his best friend, Marcia, for 42 years and together, the have 12 children, ages 18 to 40, and 21 grandchildren.
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