Stanley Pons was my P-Chem Professor. He and Marty Fleishmann were as smart of a set of individuals as I have ever run across. But they got something stuck in a ringer when they published too fast trying to get the scoop on the "savior of mankind" award.
It was sad though, my buddy Eric took me on a guided tour and put up with a long set of questions while we drank beer and smoked dope trying to understand the whole thing. The upshot of this little bit of memory-dredging is that I have always thought there was something to what they said back then in the long ago. They grandstanded and got shot down, but their results always made me think that there was something there.
Fast forward to today's world.
I think that someone is getting closer to what Marty and Stan were trying for. I think that these results show more promise than the dicey stuff put out by the University of Utah during its golden years of trying to become more than what it was.
What always shocks me however, is the responses to anything like this being published. The cheerleaders shouting that the game is won. The naysayers saying that everything is a lie.
But what really bugged me was the comment over on "RiceFarmer".
This sounds like the savior of the world economy, but basically nothing would change, because — even if it really works — it doesn't change the economic system. It would just goose the global Ponzi and keep it going for a while longer, while strip-mining the planet at an accelerated rate. Although carbon emissions would be significantly reduced, renewed economic growth would more than make up for that reduced environmental burden by spurring other kinds of pollution and contamination. My prediction is that, in the long run, this would just aggravate all our problems and make the inevitable crash all the worse. Limits to growth do exist.But to bemoan the fact that there may be a potential bridge to a system where we at least have a chance at a thoughtful and planned build-down is the moaning of a failed prophet lamenting the fact that things have a chance of not going to hell.