President Obama yesterday delivered a speech that set forward an energy policy designed to combat climate change and avoid condemning future generations to living on a “planet that is beyond fixing.” He charged the Environmental Protection Agency for the first time to impose limits on the amount of carbon power plants can emit. The president’s plan also will permit wind and solar farms to be built on federal land, as well as providing $8 billion in federal loan guarantees to provide incentive for investment in alternative energy technologies.
Obama touted some of the recent progress the United States has made in terms of becoming more energy independent:
We’re starting to produce much more of our own energy. We’re building the first nuclear power plants in more than three decades — in Georgia and South Carolina. For the first time in 18 years, America is poised to produce more of our own oil than we buy from other nations. And today, we produce more natural gas than anybody else. So we’re producing energy . . .
So it appears that he feels that traditional nuclear fission plants are part of America’s future plants again — as well as the home produced oil and natural gas which are booming due to new extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing (fracking). It appears that coal will be one industry that will suffer because of this new policy, as it is
Of course, any time I read about plans for low carbon alternative energy sources I think of the E-Cat which has been shown to be able to easily outperform any conventional energy source in terms of energy density, and do so without any emissions or radioactive waste – and cheaply. We see no evidence at all here that cold fusion is being planned for by the federal government as a future source of clean energy — at least in the United States.
This all brings me back to the question that we have talked about at length here – why very few people in key decision-making positions are taking LENR seriously. Maybe Obama knows about E-Cat but is not taking it seriously, or has just decided not to mention it in public until it is more widely known. Or maybe his science advisors are not bringing it up since they don’t take it seriously.
There’s a lot of work to be done in sharing the information. I know there are people getting involved in writing to people in government and media informing them about recent developments in LENR — not an easy task at the moment. I think that could change over time, especially if Rossi’s US industrial partner goes public. Today Andrea Rossi made an interesting comment on the JONP:
Soon we will need much help. Very important developments are close to pop up. The USA factory is in advanced status ( it is magnificent), and important developments are coming up.
At the moment, however, it seems that LENR is not on the table as playing a part in an American energy policy — I think it should certainly be an important part of the mix.