The E-Cat Moment (Billy Jackson)

The following post has been submitted by Billy Jackson

The Moment.

Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

Slowly and steady the second hand marches forward inexhaustible, undaunted, and unstoppable. There are only a few times in our lives that we face events that irrevocably change us on an almost fundamental level. One where our lives are never the same. For some it could be a simple ‘yes’ heard on a bended knee, the first breath and cry of a newborn child, a long sought-after truth finally exposed, or even the discovery that the impossible is suddenly probable.

While these moments are personal they are not limited to the individual, but also to nations. These moments define us for good or ill. 1775, A scared and nervous farmer on the north bridge in Concord, Massachusetts fired a shot that birthed a nation. A sad but resolute Lincoln refused to allow our nation to splinter, the confused looks turned to sudden fear and surprise as a low droning noise was heard in the early morning at Pearl Harbor where it shouldn’t be, a young black preacher from Alabama with a dream climbing the steps of a historical monument to address a nation, the dawning and realization that it wasn’t an accident when we saw that second plane crash into the World Trade Center — we can march through history and find many of these moments.

Finally there are the exceptional moments that change not just nations, but the world around us. The Wright Brothers’ first flight in the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk. The first live broadcast on TV. The first step off The Eagle ladder onto the moon; the first boot of the unknown soldier landing on the beaches of Omaha; even the detonation of the first atomic bomb; the simple transistor; the first light-bulb. All have had a worldwide effect of profound significance that changed us forever.

Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”

I state this because it is my belief that we face one of these profound world changing moments that will affect all of us on every level. Within a short period of time we may have the privilege to read or hear the announcement of the official results from the near year-long test of the Rossi 1MW E-cat plant. As that Moment slides towards us one tick at a time until it becomes our reality we must face a choice. We must realize that we are both the prisoner and the warden. Ours is to decide whether we allow fear to cause us to remain in our cell where it is safe but constrained and controlled, despite how pretty they make our cell, or whether we slam the cage open seeking once more to find the spirit that allowed us to reach out and touch the stars.

Tick . . . tick . . . tick . . .

I want to give a special thank you to Andrea Rossi and his team along with Industrial Heat & Cherokee. I want to thank Frank Acland for keeping the fires burning despite the adversity and criticism. And finally thank you to everyone on this board who lent a voice in these discussions. Years down the road it will be here we can come back and say this is where we were when faced with the E-Cat Moment.

Billy Jackson

  • Yes, but we know now, from the testimony of U.S Navy Office of Naval Researcher Melvin Miles that MIT and Cal Tech both made serious mistakes in their testing of Cold Fusion that he suggests were deliberate. He mentions that their testing times was too short, the hydrogen loading wasn’t dense enough, and they didn’t do the calorimetry correctly. In short, “they didn’t want it to work.” Miles mentioned to this to DOE in Sept., 1989, after he got his second CF experiment to work (with a different palladium material), and they told him they had already finished their report and weren’t interested. It’s all here:

  • Frechette

    Is this the same Dwight D. Eisenhower who set up the the Death Camps for German POWs on the Rhine in May 1945? The guy that refused to let the Red Cross have access to the prisoners in these camps?

  • timycelyn

    Billy, thanks for this, it is inspiring. When you first posted it up I didn’t respond because many others did, and they captured my reaction very well.

    However, it has been rattling around in my mind since then, a bridge made by ‘tick, tick, tick…’

    The clip below is possibly one of the greatest adverts ever – for Guinness, launched way back in 1999. Don’t know if you have seen the advert, I’m not sure how heavily it was used internationally.

    To this day, it is riveting, and there are so many parallels with the experience we are going through – watching Ecat technology emerge, and soon watching it becoming a towering force in the affairs of man – that it’s scary.

    The underlying single minded proposition is the message ‘Good things are worth waiting for.’ (A pint of Guinness takes 1.5 mins to pull)

    Well that resonates straight way.


    Something about something large and powerful, sweeping all before it, emerging from nothing.
    Something about one lone man successfully taming this thing
    Something about the joy and triumph when he succeeds
    And – yes – something about the long wait…..the creeping tick – tock -tick -tock…