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The idea of Cold Fusion is hotting up. Part 1

Posted on: 1 December 2011

  • Published The Chronicle,  Canberra, Tuesday, 29th November, 2011 

“Showing a greater fondness for their own opinions than for truth, they sought to deny and disprove the new things which, if they had cared to look for themselves, their own senses would have demonstrated to them.” Galileo Galilei, 1615

Senator Bob Brown, Energy Minister Greg Combet AM, and Shadow Minister Greg Hunt, never mention Cold Fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reaction) as the answer to global warming and climate change, even though it would produce clean, safe, nuclear energy and stop anthropogenic warming. Perhaps they don’t because politically it would not be expedient?

But politicians and climate change believers are not alone in keeping quiet about Cold Fusion. CEOs of fossil fuel industries never mention it either. Indeed, they deride Cold Fusion as pie in the sky. Why? Is it because Cold Fusion will turn coal and oil into minor industries?

Unlike nuclear fission, cold fusion cannot be used to make bombs but what it can do is provide energy without danger to either mankind or the environment – thus no more Chernobyls or Fukushimas.

Pie in the sky best describes the comments made in 1989 when two American physicists, Fleischmann and Pons, claimed to have created cold fusion. Unfortunately in a public trial, their experiment failed whereupon it was called a hoax with both men derided by peer group physicists as being like ancient alchemists who claimed to have turned lead into gold.

But hoaxers they were not. And if anyone had failed it was their peers who had not done their homework else they would have known that in 1951, Nobel Laureate Physicist Glenn Seaborg, turned lead into gold, a result confirmed in 1972 when two Soviet scientists did the same. That apart, transmutation regularly occurs in physics.

Transmutation aside it is my contention that, since the end of WWII, if the financial resources used to develop fission to meet the needs of war had been used to develop fusion, the world’s increasing need for supplies of limitless clean energy would be well on the way to being met.

Instead, based on increasingly doubtful IPCC projections about global warming caused by CO2, Australia and other Western countries assisted the development of a plethora of “green” industries. Sadly, it has to be said that, in Australia, much of that development was undertaken by shonky businesses of whom it could be said they did so with a government approved story that if householders didn’t invest in clean energy the future for their children and grandchildren would be grim. My only comment: when things sound too bad to be true, they usually are.

Unfortunately, because of bad installation the predicted dire future came early for many householders. And adding insult to injury, in July next year they will be saddled with an unnecessary carbon tax, despite most Australians having made it overwhelmingly clear to the Government that they do they believe in global warming but like me accept that climate is in a permanent state of flux.

Effectively the carbon tax not only guaranteed the Greens and Independents a voice in a minority Labor Government but also guaranteed The Greens a future, no matter how limited. That said, however, the Opposition’s Direct Action seems no better. It also seems to me that by not urging development of Cold Fusion, the IPCC and supporters of global warming are endangering Australia and the world’s future with their belief that unless we accept their alarming hypotheses, the world will become an environmental disaster.

In rushing to put their ideas into action they seem to have forgotten that parts of the environment are visual spectacles thus I find it ironical they advocate destroying this spectacles with wind turbines whose place in the landscape is better suited to fairgrounds and theme parks. Being such poor visual spectacles I doubt many artists will rush to paint them.

But not only is it ironical, it is incredible also that, even as they advocate the destruction of the infrastructure that has polluted the earth over the years, they are now advocating its replacement with new visual pollution. And that’s only part of it; they are advocating desecration of the seascape too.

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Part II of the above post will be published Thursday 8 December


13 Responses to "The idea of Cold Fusion is hotting up. Part 1"

I agree about the wind turbines. I have never liked their visual impact, not to mention their danger for birds, as well as for all life in general for a certain distance around them.

Speaking of visual pollution, we should be burying our telephone and electricity lines, thereby getting rid of our telegraph(phone?) poles, which are also visual pollutants, as well as being dangerous. I can’t understand why Australia hasn’t started doing this yet. Although it’s true that we have been neglecting our infrastructure for decades.

Australians keep complaining that “nothing is being done”, but when someone tries to “do” something, they immediately attack both the “doer” and the “deed”. One occasionally has to sympathize with politicians. We are living in a frustrating country for those who genuinely want to “do” something.

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