by Steven B. Krivit/ March 20, 2010 / New Energy Times Magazine
I wanted to believe in cold fusion.
I thought, Our brilliant scientists can figure out so many
wonderful things. Why not an abundant source of clean nuclear energy?
I now concede that, to the best of my awareness, it's not
fusion. But hang on - the experiments still prove the discovery of a potentially
abundant source of clean nuclear energy, not from fusion but probably from
Is the distinction important? Absolutely. Nothing has
interfered with the progress and respectability of the field more than the
impression that its proponents are either true believers or fools.
I don't mind admitting that I was wrong when I told people
that "cold fusion" was real. I didn't know any better when I wrote my first
The people who told me they had evidence of "cold fusion"
had Ph.D.s and extensive careers in science. When they claimed to see
experimental results consistent with D-D "cold fusion," I believed them. That's
generally what we do as science journalists.
Years - 10 so far - of my continued investigations and
development of my understanding of science, particularly of nuclear physics,
persuades me of the ever-diminishing evidence for "cold fusion."
My paper "2010 American Chemical Society Review of
Low-Energy Nuclear Reaction Research," which explains the reality of LENR and
the mythology of cold fusion, is available in three formats: