Keith Owens of Cold Fusion Energy, Inc. asked the Department of Energy DoE what their “stand” on cold fusion was.
The response was a clear statement of their policy: cold fusion does not merit any attention:
From: Afzal, Shahida [mailto:Shahida.Af…@science.doe.gov] On Behalf Of Opdenaker, Albert
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 4:05 PM
Subject: Cold Fusion
Dear Mr. Owens:
This is in response to your e-mail message to Secretary Chu dated September 13, 2011 in which you asked to know where the Department of Energy stands on “cold fusion.”
In 1989, a review panel that had been charged by the Department concluded that reports of the experimental results of excess heat from calorimetric cells did not present convincing evidence that useful sources of energy will result from the phenomena attributed to “cold fusion.” To quote the panel, “Hence, we recommend against the establishment of special programs or research centers to develop cold fusion.”
In 2004, the Department organized a second review of the field and that review reached essentially the same conclusion as the 1989 review. The Department’s Office of Sciences does not provide any funding support for “cold fusion” research.
Fusion Energy Sciences
Office of Science
US Department of Energy
Cold Fusion Now sent a letter to the Secretary of Energy last October that got no response.
Recently, a second letter from Cold Fusion Now to the Department of Energy response saying “it is clear the topic of low energy nuclear reactions remains highly speculative and that the purported mechanism has not yet been validated by the physics community as a reality.”
It seems hopeless to solicit funding from this crew at the DOE with Under-secretary Koonin, a known cold fusion opponent.
“We are suffering from the incompetence or delusions of Fleischmann and Pons.”
—Current Under-secretary Steve Koonin quote from 1989
And it is interesting to note that the respondent here writes from the department’s Fusion Energy Science office, the hot fusion wing.
But these letters are not in vain. Writing a letter is a lesson in expressing a complicated issue in a one-page petition; collecting signatures is a fun time talking with the people on the streets; we learn more science, and made new pals along the way. Every action adds to the momentum of cold fusion as a clean energy reality. And we are on the verge of new technology that will change the world!
The Department of Energy will be the last in line for their device – and it’s going to be a long line.
Next up: the Energy committees in the House and Senate….
Documentation of Department of Energy Review of Cold Fusion from LENR Library at www.lenr-canr.org.
Cold Fusion Energy, Inc. homepage Under Construction
Keith Owens from About me.
United States Department of Energy http://www.doe.gov/
DOE Fusion Energy Sciences http://science.energy.gov/fes/
Advanced Research Projects Agency -Energy http://arpa-e.energy.gov/