A Heartfelt Plea – and a Worthy ePetition (Particularly for UK Readers)

The following was submitted by Gordon Docherty, a British engineer.

Dear Reader,

Ever since my earliest years, when I watched with avid interest the Apollo programme and experienced the purpose and impetus that it gave to the highest ideals mankind and of ‘making the world a better place’ (who can forget those first pictures of the Earth from space and Earthrise over the moon), I have been filled with a need to play may part in also giving meaning to life and dignity for all.  This feeling has only grown stronger in me over the years as I have watched with dismay the unbridled lust for wealth take its toll on the planet and on each and every one of us (even those who consider themselves otherwise ‘wealthy’).   Now, in these ‘interesting’ times, I have once more been reminded that the only true wealth is that afforded by helping each other through the joint application of our skills, work and enthusiasm to produce and support real, high quality, new and innovative products that, in turn, improve the quality of life and the dignity of all (one reason why I became a Fairtrade speaker 16 years ago).

So, when I heard of reports that Andrea Rossi had developed a “remarkable new device” – the E-Cat – I was keen to follow this development further to see if there was any substance to the claims being made.  To my surprise – and delight – test after test proved both positive and thought provoking, positive because the tests kept on producing positive results, thought provoking because each new test threw up new questions that were then answered by subsequent tests and so on – until the test of October 28th, where a substantial E-Cat installation was tested by an, as yet, anonymous customer.

In parallel with this, and other, developments, developments in the wider world have been pointing with ever increasing clarity to a world in crisis:

  • Financial market instability and the lack of real growth is threatening the livelihood of many, many people
  • To secure energy supply, there is an increasing unease about possible Nuclear Weapons Proliferation – including in areas that power much of the world today
  • Climate change, whether man made or natural, is taking hold.  To simply ignore it is no longer an option.  Even if the cause is natural, our current use of limited fossil fuels is certainly no help to slowing the rate of change
  • Exploring for oil and gas is now risking major ecological disaster – as well as potential geological problems (from releasing trapped gas into the water supply to reducing the ability of rock formations to ‘slip’ over one another)
  • A growing sense of helplessness is both leading to a loss of faith and is being led by it
  • Falling standards of living are impacting in particular the vulnerable in society, the young, the old and the infirm
  • Energy infrastructure that was put in place many years ago is now requiring expensive and far reaching changes to deal with the expected demands of the 21st century at a time when demands on resources and land are also increasing
  • No serious solutions are currently ‘out in the mainstream’ that could being to address the other issues being seen.

Given the predicament we are now all in, therefore, I cannot understand why governments in the supposedly ‘enlightened’ developed world have singularly failed to innovate in an area common to all of us that underlies every one of the problems above – namely the availability of cheap, clean, safe and reliable energy.  After all, it is around eighty years ago that Rutherford carried out his first tests in atomic fission.  Study after study has revealed that our economic well-being and, indeed, our very survival, depend upon access to inexpensive ‘energy for all’.  So, why the apparent disinterest?  Now, some say that the days of ‘cheap energy’ are over, but then that is just another way of saying that you can have no energy unless you are rich, a virtual death sentence to all except those at the very top of the financial ladder, and even then their future is no longer certain.

So, while inventors struggle on in Dense Plasma Fusion (Lawrenceville Plasma Physics), Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (Rossi, Piantelli, ….) or other more exotic forms of energy (tapping into the very fabric of space itself), governments around the world continue to “fight it out” for the same old reserves of oil, coal, gas and uranium, all of which are very finite and all of which are difficult to extract, come from unstable political regions of the world and/or are dangerous to handle.  Now, of course, there are “greener” alternatives such as solar and wind, but they do still come with a very high price tag and they are still subject to the age-old problems of reliability of supply, distribution and maintenance.

To make matters worse, the global economy, like an addict in the final throws of an addiction, has been making ever greater demands on the reserves it does have, so squandering what are, in their own right, precious resources required also for medicines, fertilizers and other ‘hi-tech’ or ‘high value’ materials.

Now, some have argued that we could just go “cold turkey” and turn off the oil and the coal, something that will inevitably happen in any case a few years down the line from now if the status quo remains unchanged.  Such an approach, however, is pure folly as it would just accelerate the deaths of the billions of people that those wishing to “save the planet” are seeking to avoid, as our systems of survival – water, food production, heat / light, waste disposal – all slowly degraded and failed, one by one.

Better by far, then, that rather than ‘resigning ourselves to our fate’, we reignite that bold spirit of adventure we once had, taking hold of our own destinies once more, and inventing ways to move beyond our current downward spiral of ‘addiction’: it is worth remembering that the advances of the 19th and 20th centuries were not motivated by money alone (or even mainly), but by a burning desire to raise the standards of living and quality of life for all.  We, too, are now being called upon to play our part, just as our forefathers were, only now we must ensure that these improvements do not also ‘cost us the Earth’.

With this in mind, therefore, I set about trying to wake up the government here in the UK to raising its sights beyond ‘the usual suspects’ – fossil, fission and farms – to look at more exotic forms of energy to overcome our current limitations whilst simultaneously improving the environment for all. Initially, I made enquiries to the Department of Energy and Climate Change via my local MP, to see if I could stimulate interest that way.  Unfortunately, I found what many have found: no real interest was shown beyond the “business as usual” agenda – even though this agenda really does threaten to ‘cost us the Earth’.

Not to be defeated, however, I have now set up an ePetition here in the UK, for those who refuse to just wait around like “sitting ducks”, to ‘take up the cause’ and call upon Parliament to purchase, test and report on the E-Cat, to determine the validity of the claims being made about the device and to send out a message that we will not just accept out fate lying down. For, if it can be shown that the E-Cat is valid:

  1. we can stop burning oil that we need for medicines, fertilizers, hi-tech materials
  2. more than 80% of Europe’s current known reserves of Nickel,  the E-Cat’s main “fuel”, are to be found in Greece.  So, this would solve the Greek problem “at a stroke”
  3. there is enough Nickel on the Earth alone for more than 1.5 billion year’s worth of E-Cat operations
  4. the E-Cat is truly versatile, scalable, safe and clean (no nasty by-products), so allowing it to be used in many different ways to complement other sources of energy
  5. it would be a truly very inexpensive source of energy, at least until “tapping the vacuum” became a widespread reality
  6. it is available now – so allowing the issues of damage to the environment, geological stability, climate change, energy for young and old, and the financial crisis (growth) to be addressed straight away.

I therefore call upon all who have read this article who are UK citizens or who live in the UK to sign up to the ePetition today at:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21590

to make your voice heard.

For those of a more cautious nature, I do point out in the ePetition the downside risk – purchase + test costs in addition to the upside risks (surely a ‘no-brainer’ given the predicament we are all now in). What I did not mention in the ePetition, however, (to keep it short) is that the “official figures” for meeting the UK’s green energy commitment for CO2 reduction by 2020 are £200Bn for new offshore wind farms, £10-20Bn per site for 6 new nuclear power stations, and £25Bn (or 10x if buried) for wiring those coastal facilities into the spine of the national grid in the UK, resulting in bills that are expected to top £3000 per year per household (alone) for heating and lighting by 2020 (currently they are around £1200 per year per household and that is already too much for many old and young people). Add to that average fuel prices of over £1.33 / litre (or more) (over £6 or $9.70 / gallon) at the pump – costs added to any item delivered anywhere by road or rail), and investing in testing a Rossi device (or 2 or 3 or …) that has passed muster on every test undertaken so far is just common sense.

So, whether an avid supporter, a sceptic, or even a “naysayer”, please show your support for encouraging serious consideration of the “already on the table” E-Cat alternative by supporting the e-petition if you live in the UK or are a UK citizen – after all, if the naysayers are right, buying and testing an e-cat is a tiny sum compared to the £300-£400Bn (that is £300,000,000,000 to £400,000,000,000) that needs otherwise to be paid out, whereas, if the avid supporters are right, well, that’s £400,000,000,000 to spend on something else, like helping old people survive the winter (the worst aside, we will all be old one day), use oil more wisely and stimulate the world economy by removing the shackles that keep it enslaved.

Finally, please don’t just read this article and then just put it down with an “every way you look at this you lose” attitude.  Please encourage all you know, who can, to sign up to this ePetition:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21590

Yours faithfully, and in hope,

Gordon Docherty

  • Hal Ade

    Regrettably, I’m not a UK Citizen (I’m a Canuck), Gordon, but I’ve been following the e_Cat development, and ,work in LENR, and vacuum energy for more than 13 years. Right now, I’m for it, and it must be examined as to its veracity.

    As for Quantum VAcuum energy, I think that’d be the better choice down the line, along with HHO (Brown’s Gas?)devices. When trained scientists/enegineers talk to me about the “impossibility” of this stuff, I ask them first to review their knowledge of what a volt is, then ask them why, not just how, multiple extra turns on a transformer secondary winding results in an increased voltage, albeit with proportionately reduced current. Since voltage is an expression for one joule per coulomb – that’s energy – how does one explain the increased potential of each electron on the (step-up) secondary, notwithstanding reduced E-flow?

    Lastly, I ask them how our sun got here – that’s energy too – and why are new suns are being created all the time, even as old ones are – admittedly – dying?

    Hal Ade
    Gatineau, QC, Cda.

    • felix

      “how does one explain the increased potential of each electron on the (step-up) secondary, notwithstanding reduced E-flow?”

      Well, imagine you are riding a bike. You are applying a certain pressure (voltage) to the crank shaft which causes the chainring to turn at a certain rate (current), if the front gear has twice as many teeth as the rear one then the rear shaft will be driven at half the rate (current) and twice the pressure (voltage). The power put in (volts times amps) is the same as the power that comes out. Minus friction losses of course.

  • felix

    Let us for a moment disregard everything Rossi has said and review what has been reported concerning e-cat by independent observers.

    A machine was observed producing steam for several hours after a period of electric heating.

    A bigger machine was observed producing steam for several hours while connected to a supply of electrical power.

    That is all. All the rest, the mystery customer, the gamma radiation, the transmutation, the tooling contract has come from Rossi himself, from close associates or from unverified internet sources.

    I would love this to be real and it may yet turn out to be so, but let’s all just keep out heads and keep the FACTS in mind.

  • Roger

    I have created a We The People Petition for the review by the White House that you can sign by going here: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/investigate-usefulness-energy-catalizer-creation-italian-inventor-andrea-rossi/xwlqqgww

    I suspect you should be a citizen of the United States to have your signature counted.

    • http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm Alex

      Actually, you just need an email registered in the States, you don’t have to live here anymore. I signed it at #34. I was looking at the rules though, They may not make a purchase, it is one of the disclaimers. Basically, the site is for if we can get them to change a law, or make the release of documents happen, things like that. I would say though, a really good alternative, if it doesn’t pan out, would be to get them to make it legal to patent Cold Fusion again. Did you know that is it not patentable by law at the moment.

      • http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm Alex

        However, if we know or can prove a government body already has made a purchase of one…. The petition originally created would be a shoe in for getting the results made public.

  • http://www.hybridships.co.uk Val Gorsky

    It is time for the Italian government to step in.Even if Rossi is genial inventor, he is a terribel salesperson. This is to big to sell on a sloppy site. The action of Rossi clearly shows that marketing and concincing is not his strong thing. The wolrld , an d the Italian economy can no longer wait to exploit this scientific breakthrugh.

    • http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm Alex

      I agree Val, the creator of the Website, is a personal acquaintance of Mr. Rossi. Mr. Sterling Allen, who is the CEO of PESN is involved with it. However he has an information website with a similar graphic engine to that of the Wikipedia site. However, the engine is from like 1997, and it’s not the best suited for a Commercial enterprise aimed at selling. He really should be using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4, or Adobe Flash CS to let customers experience the website, instead of mull through it like a newspaper.

      • http://www.hybridships.co.uk Val Gorsky

        Absolutely..why not take help of thd Italian go ernment to quickly build a sales organisation. This start to smell and look fishy..not a good move by Rossi

  • Magnus

    Excellent piece and well said Sir.

    The economists of the world do seem to be rising to the top, and writing from Greece right now we have a new Prime Minister that just happens to be the ex-Vice President of the European Central Bank!

    I fear that the current crisis economically has created additional resistance for the Governments to accept any new alternative. The amount of taxation that the worlds administrations collect from Oil/Gas is astounding. At each stage of the production:
    – Purchase of the fields
    – Thumper Boats – Geo Surveys
    – Drilling
    – Completion
    – Constructing Fixed Platform
    – Subsea Pipelines / Shipping to refinery
    – Transport
    – Bulk Sales
    – Final Sales to the customer

    At each of the above stages the Governments take tax on every barrel. Every worker that was involved in the chain pays tax on his earnings, and every customer that buys the oil or gas has paid tax on that money.

    I have followed this story with relentless optimism, and Andrea Rossi has not let me down yet. But, we will all have to work very hard to push this into reality – because the outstanding ‘opportunity cost’ to Governments will not be apparent with the short-term mentalities that are being displayed at present.

    Yes, the world will need to change to survive. And yes it will require a little pain – for the ones that lose their jobs in the process. But the benefits to mankind outweigh the risks of change.

    Magnus

    • Gordon Docherty

      we will still need oil, for medicines, fertilizers, detergents, disinfectants and hi-tech materials – in fact, with 7 Billion people going up we need these more than ever. So, burning the stuff makes no sense… where we are now, burning oil really is as grotesque as eating yourself to stay fed.

      Gordon

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  • Kim

    It is the responsibility of EVERY individual

    to let all peoples of the world know that
    a New Fire is among us.

    A new world is opening in front of us.

    A lot of problems can go away with the earnest
    development of this new technology.

    It (is time)! to awake from the control fear money
    paradigm

    Tell everyone, but don’t force, let it come
    of itself.

    Respect
    Kim

  • arian

    Andrea Rossi
    November 12th, 2011 at 8:57 AM
    WARNING: THE WEBSITE http://WWW.LEONARDO-ECAT.COM IS NOT OUR WEBSITE. IT HAS NOT BEEN APPROVED, IT IS A DRAFT OF A PROPOSAL WHOSE TEXT HAS TO BE CONTROLLED, APPROVED. WE ASKED TO THE INFORMATIC WHO PROPOSED IT TO PUT IT IMMEDIATELY OUT OF THE NET, BECAUSE IT CONTAINS SUBSTANTIAL ERRORS, WRONG NAMES IN WRONG PLACES :SPECIFICALLY, ALL THE NAMES PUT IN THE PAGE “BONA FIDE” ARE TOTALLY WRONG AND SUCH NAMES HAVE NOT TO BE PUT IN THAT POST.
    WARM REGARDS,
    ANDREA ROSSI

  • Robert Horning

    For myself, I think the scientific basis for the Polywell reactor is on a much more sound footing, including a heritage of actual fusion measurements and real nuclear physics by scientists in the field who know what is going on. If you want to bet on fusion, I would put my money on that device even over the eCat that Rossi is making at the moment. If the argument is over cost of participation, you can build a Polywell reactor (at least a prototype to “get your feet wet” for under a million pounds/euros/dollars (give or take some but on that scale of spending). The Tokamak reactors require spending on the scale of billions, so it certainly is worth the effort. As a side note, Iran is dumping a huge amount of money into the Polywell design and their scientists are making some genuine progress on the idea. It is also a concept that mere mortals from a 1st world country can build on their own with resources from an ordinary worker’s salary, on the scale of hobby rocketry or building experimental aircraft.

    As for the eCat, there are enough people interested in the idea that it will either be proven to work or not. So far the theoretical foundation for how it even works at all is still not known, nor is even a clear description of how it is built. For all those who claim to have even a clue as to how much a research program for this device might cost, or even how much it will cost to build the device, I would say that you are just smoking something to pass the time.

    Presuming that Rossi is going to put these devices into mass production, also assuming that they work as advertised in terms of only needing a small amount of hydrogen to keep them going for a sustained (read a month or longer) period of time, and that people are also going to be trying to install these devices in practical power source applications, I have no doubt that the national research laboratories of several nations are going to look into these devices on a serious basis to figure out how they work.

    Basically, be patient. Don’t get hung up on a conspiracy theory or that some evil oil company is going to hire a hit on Rossi or something equally stupid. The extravagant claims about what this device could do have been known for nearly a century in terms of what benefits a practical fusion reactor could do for energy production and helping humanity. None of this is really new.

    It is up to Rossi and Focardi to decide what is going to happen to the eCat, and them alone. Demands for government involvement here is also, in my opinion, going to screw things up even more than is needed. Indeed getting the government involved now is going to delay any potential for ordinary people like those reading this forum from ever getting this device in their homes or to be used as a practical power source anywhere. For this reason in particular I’m against any sort of petition drive.

  • arian

    Andrea Rossi
    November 12th, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    Dear Italo:
    This is not yet our official website, contains many errors to be corrected, contains wrong names in wrong places. It needs a lot of corrections, so pèlease disregard it for at least three days.
    A.R.

  • Peter Hunt

    If one is astonished at the slowness of government action just remember there is institutional momentum and the larger the system the more resistant it is to change.

    Just consider the disruptiveness this holds for the sacred ” tax structure”.

  • Peter Hunt

    The advent of Mr. Rossi’s unit with all of it’s potential benefits is near enough to make me believe in divine intervention. Not “creationism” but something much less, but this sure came along at the right time.

    • Kim

      It may be devine intervention.

      I remember as a child thinking about
      telephone poles and instinctively knew
      that something was wrong… Big Time

      The evil on this earth has been so prevecive

      Decision have been made high up in the system

      I’m mean why now ?

      Respect
      Kim

  • Chris Johnson

    Why not crowd source the purchase and testing of an eCat? Someone could create a project on http://www.kickstarter.com/ for a 100KW version of the eCat for $300K to cover purchase and thorough testing of a small eCat. Rossi might be convinced to push the test unit to the beginning of the queue, since it would be used to finally independently verify the operation of the eCat. You could even sell the unit after testing, so it would only really cost the $100K for testing.

    All you would need are 10K donors of $30 each to get it going. That might be possible.

    • http://www.scoop.it/t/rossi-s-ecat Raymond Aitken

      I think this approach is perhaps the only way forward. As Owen already commented “We’re up against the most powerful entities in the world — the banks that finance the fossil fuel companies and the governments that they control. A huge part of their fortune is tied up in the current system.” – see the video: Free Energy the Race to Zero Point on http://conspiracyrealitytv.com/free-energy-the-race-to-zero-point/

  • Adam

    Signed.

  • Lagwin

    Singed, Tbh a few million to purchase one of these is nothing compared to what the government waste on meaningless things and if i have been reading right you get to test the thing before you purchase it anyway? why not send over some people to test it and if satisfactory buy it then test it further and make the test results public?
    The amount of things this device can be used for is staggering, it could run anything with an electric motor, if the UK was an early adopter it could then specialize in manufacturing and make its ship building and car industry great again, not to mention the amount saved in electricity.

  • arian

    From: Sterling Allan
    To: Andrea Rossi
    Cc: Hank Mills
    Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 4:29 PM
    Subject: Website is up

    Hi Andrea,
    […]
    Hank thinks the site is very amateurish looking and needs a lot of visual help. He’s embarrassed that we launched today before getting it looking better.
    But I told him that you and I wanted the 11.11.11 launch date on it. I also told him that I’m limited in that I use FrontPage to author websites. It’s pretty old software. Works great for me, but isn’t as modern looking.
    When other talent comes along, we can do a remodel of the site.
    But I think this is a good start.
    Sterling

  • Owen

    “…I cannot understand why governments in the supposedly ‘enlightened’ developed world have singularly failed to innovate in an area common to all of us…”

    We’re up against the most powerful entities in the world — the banks that finance the fossil fuel companies and the governments that they control. A huge part of their fortune is tied up in the current system. Their larger plan seems to be depopulation.

  • http://neotreksoftware.com Allan Shura

    Excellent idea. Some who have already written
    letters to Canadian ministers have been stonewalled.

  • http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm Alex

    We can open one in the US as well.

    How to Petition the Government in Under 5 Minutes:

    http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm

    • http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/a/How-To-Petition-Government-Online.htm Alex

      Found The US website to do this: Here is a link to the current Energy Petitions. The E-Cat is not currently among them:

      https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions

  • Richard Binns

    Thanks Gordon – great idea. Very uphill battle with such powerful organisations running the current energy sector – they do not want anything which will hurt their control and that includes the Government.