Stirling Allen put me on to this video:
In this video James Martinez reports on a conversation with Dr. Bushnell. Let me try to quote the necessary parts:
Mr. Martinez said, “Listen, I’d like to invite you to this [LENR conference, video production?]. Can you come over, we’d love to have you.”
Dr Bushnell apparently responds, “We’ve got seal teams on the east coast, and we’ve got seal teams on the west coast. And what I’m about to tell you, if you even mention it, you’re finished.”
Dr. Bushnell then apparently rants about the science etc. He then continues with, “there’s explosions in the lab” and this and that.
Mr. Martinez interprets this reaction from Dr. Bushnell as an attempt on his part to own LENR, and to not let anyone else play in his sandbox.
I propose a different interpretation:
I believe that someone has ordered Bushnell to shut up about LENR. But why?
I know of only two good reasons to keep LENR quiet. The scientific community may want it kept quiet to protect it from having to admit that they were wrong about Pons and Fleischmann, that they covered up the truth of LENR 20 years ago.
I think, however, that the reason that Pons and Fleischmann were rejected 20 years ago is the same reason that Bushnell is hiding from the seals now. However, now the situation is much worse.
When LENR enters the scene it will be an economic revolution. However, that revolution will begin with economic challenges far before the economic benefits appear. The day LENR gets heard above the noise, production of all long term energy infrastructure will come to a screeching halt. Why would you want to build a pipeline, a hydroelectric dam, or a windmill farm if your product will become obsolete in 10 to 20 years? The price of oil will drop, increasing demand. Why, after all, would you want to leave your product in the ground if you can sell it now, but won’t be able to sell it later. With the price of oil going down, but the availability of oil’s end products not going up (no new refineries will be built), the benefits of the difference will only go to a few. Society’s ability to consume the product will be limited by the infrastructure. Oil production dependent nations are going to freak! Many of these nations are staunch Muslims. Having a bunch of Muslim nations freaked out might not be good. (Now I know that not all Muslims are violent, but there certainly is a reasonably large subset that are.)
We live in tenuous times. The American national debt, 16+ trillion, and deficit 1 trillion/year plus is tenuous at best. Yesterday there were general strikes in most of the European nations. And Japan has a 200% debt to GDP ratio. If LENR’s arrival will rock the economic boat even a little (and it will do so by a lot) it will cause the mighty house of cards to come tumbling down.
However, this house of cards will tumble down anyway. I say that today is a good day for it to die.