Andrea Rossi, the inventor and organizer of the E-Cat LENR or cold Fusion thermal energy production device has a new problem. It looks like another tempest of vague grounds.
Steven Krivit, the sometimes to some folks notorious writer of heavily biased opinion on cold fusion and once in a while other energy fields broke out a story over the weekend about an allegation that the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Radiation Control (FBR), called on Andrea Rossi at his Miami address.
The story has been picked up by others that this time won’t be mentioned or linked out of kindness. Things in just hours have gotten very emotional on some sites. The email deluge coming in here is driving this post and postponing perhaps more valid news.
The gist of the mess centers on a complaint that was supposedly filed with the FBR by a party from Las Vegas, Nevada, alleging that Mr. Rossi may be building nuclear reactors in a Miami condominium complex.
Then it seems a FBR inspector had an onsite visit with Mr. Rossi. The report is essentially empty other than the description of the investigation that only tells what is pretty much already known – the active chemistry is nickel and hydrogen, there’s excess heat and excess energy in thermal form at a 6X rate. Somehow, the Krivit crowd has highlighted the investigator saying of Rossi, “He acknowledged that no nuclear reactions occur during the process . . .” The question for which Mr. Rossi is acknowledging isn’t mentioned. And the report notes, “Currently all production, distribution and use of these devices is overseas.”
For Krivit’s part in all this there is a pdf file that contains a set of emails alleged to have exchanged between Gary Wright of Las Vegas and persons at the FBR running some 5 pages, followed by 15 pages of ill-informed biased statements, a barrage of selected comments from assorted sources making for quite a contradictory record, a NyTeknik article about Rossi linking to Ampenergo from back in May of last year, Rossi’s Leonardo Corporation filing in Florida, a smattering of emails about Wright having Mr. Rossi’s addresses and phone numbers, and Finally the report by the inspector.
Krivit’s pdf is at best –tedious, obviously unbalanced and suspect in completeness.
A little due diligence might be worthwhile in looking the matter over. Who is this Wright fellow? Anonymous, which is fine and understandable, still a provocateur that seems quite closely connected to Krivit who has a very quick connection to documents and a highlighter as well. Krivit in his turn has bias to keep filled, a position to sell, a web site to promote – all good motives. The FBR took what looks a lot like a set-up and wasted their own and the Florida taxpayer’s time and money. Everyone else is just playing out the emotions.
The hard reality is no one can conclusively show that Rossi’s device, other LENR, Cold Fusion of other terms describing the phenomena are factually nuclear reactions in the conventional sense.
One also needs to temper how one follows Mr. Rossi. Factually Rossi seems alone and is going into the public arena alone. No spokesperson, PR department, just Mr. Rossi who is piling up misstatements about as fast or faster than a guy in his position would. Regular readers here will note, quoting Mr. Rossi just isn’t done. It’s not that he’s good or bad, he is and can only be the most subjective observer possible. It’s not that he’s truthful or not, he’s an English as a second language person, and he’s not much for distinguishing the present past or future tense. Reading him leaves one bewildered, is he talking what was, what is or the future plans?
With the information at hand, the observation of the events, no certainty of credence of the activities – the shenanigans this time don’t come from Mr. Rossi.
So here’s what you humble writer is thinking: This isn’t a story about Andrea Rossi and the E-Cat. It’s a story about Gary Wright, Steven Krivit, a bunch of follow along bloggers and readers. There isn’t any E-Cat news.
No more emails – Please. Comment as you like, but there isn’t any E-Cat story, it might be a post about yellow journalism, though. Time will tell. Stay calm, wait for the Underwriters Lab.