A mainstream CF researcher asked Ed Storms and I to tone down or remove the Manifesto we posted on Thursday, "THE DOE LIES!" I asked Mel Miles whether he thinks it is over the top. He replied with a very depressing message. He says he understands why traditionally minded academic researchers may feel this is excessive, but he thinks the Manifesto is justified, and he agrees we should leave it.
He also said the university stands by him, and would like him to work on CF full time. They have even agreed to release him from teaching. But without funding the project cannot begin. Miles has been looking for funding for years. He even considered going to China. He feels the DoE was his last chance. He is old, and he will probably retire for good now. He yearns to do another CF experiment, but he has no way to do it. I have a feeling we -- the people who support CF -- should try to make this a cause celebre. Perhaps this time the public will see that the opposition has gone too far. Ed & I are trying to stir up the public with out bold red headline, but so far the response has been lukewarm. 150 copies of the Manifesto have been downloaded. I am not sure what we should do, or what we can can do. But I have a sense that Mel is a perfect "poster boy" (as the dreadful modern cliche has it). Consider: The University supports him, and is willing to let him do research full time. He has a stellar record. He is old; this is his last chance. As for what else we can do . . . Does anyone here have suggestions? If there are steps that cost a few thousand dollars I would be willing to pay for them. The most effective steps probably will not cost much. Here are few ideas: Expand the headlines and the document. Call upon the readers here and at LENR-CANR to speak up, contact their Congressmen, contact reporters. Of course we have all done this sort of thing before, but we have seldom had such a clear-cut injustice, and such a straightforward, reasonable demand. I think people will see that we are not asking for much. We want the government to give a research grant to a scientist that the government itself nominated at "Distinguished Fellow." If that is not a reasonable, sensible demand, what is? Perhaps we could purchase advertising on Google. Not sure what, but whenever anyone types "cold fusion," or "energy" we could have small ad come up saying: THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY BROKE ITS PROMISE WE DEMAND FUNDING FOR COLD FUSION NOW THE LAST CHANCE FOR ONE OF AMERICA'S LEADING SCIENTISTS [Link to LENR-CANR.org] Putting an ad like that in newspapers would be terribly expensive, but perhaps Google would be cheaper. I do not know. If thousands, or tens of thousands, of people read the manifesto (and the HTML pages), and they contacted the authorities, perhaps it would have an effect. Other CF researchers would prefer we do this quietly, behind the scenes, the polite academic old-school way. Ed & I feel that the time for that has passed. - Jed