by Joe Shea
November 12, 2014
What Americans saw of their President visiting with President Xi Jinping and President Vladimir Putin in Beijing at the APEC summit this week was a diplomatic kabuki dance. it was a festival of signals that analysts will be dwelling on for years.
President Obama wore a Nehru jacket, while President Putin threw a shawl around the chilly shoulders of President Jinping's wife. President Obama chewed gum throughout the long meeting, in several venues.
The gum was identified as Nicorette - a signal that the President is ready to quit a habit that has sustained him in nervous moments. .
And President Putin reached out to Mr. Obama, taking him by the left bicep in front of the cameras. President Jinping came to Mr. Obama, rather than the reverse, as they met to shake hands.
Which of these things was significant? The Nehru jacket, certainly. The shawl and Putin's reach, no doubt. The Jinping handshake. And the gum? A signal? Yup, that too.
You have to know a few things that most don't to understand the significance of these powerful and far-reaching signals.
The Nehru jacket, for instance, is a symbol of India, at a time when it was closer to Russia than to the U.S. It is also a variant on a Chinese-style formal jacket that links it to China.
Most people know this; what most do not know is that a world of change is about to occur in multilateral foreign relations. That was clearly signalled by the unexpected release of two Americans by North Korea.
Clearly, with Kim Jung Un out of touch for so long and absent for this meeting, the gesture had a quietly submissive aspect. it was conducted without any of the usual arrogance and indifference of the North Korean regime. It was an act that said, "We apologize. We need you. Please do not destroy us."
"'Destroy us?'" What could that possibly refer to? What can President Obama do that is so far-reaching? You might be surprised.
Chewing gum in public, at a diplomatic summit of the most powerful three nations in the world, is a signal of confidence.
It said that the President had the situation well in control, and that at least two big players - China and India, as symbolized by the strange suit - were with him. That was evident in the gesture President Xi Jinping made at their public meeting.
Rather than wait for Mr. Obama to come to him, Mr. Xinping walked four or five times the length of our President's strides, his palm outstretched the entire time, to shake President Obama's hand. There was none of the bowing and scraping that commonly surround meetings with the Chinese President; this was one nation, China, going far out of its customary way to welcome another, Mr. Obama's.
Asked one puzzled writer, Vauhini Vara, in The New Yorker, "How to explain all the co÷peration, despite the strained relations?"
Putin was not to be left out. Rather than signal to an aide to have the Chinese first lady draped with an appropriate garment, he took his own simple blanket and draped it around the first lady's shoulder. He was saying, "We care about you and are your friends. We want to be included. Please do not eliminate us from your secret agreement."
"'Secret agreement'"? What secret agreement? Was it part of the secret letter that Mr. Obama wrote to the chief Ayatollah of Iran, revealed in kind but not detail last week? Very possibly.
All in all, it adds up to a secret diplomatic and irreversible technological victory for the Obama Administration, one that the President has been working on for many months and that has never leaked. So what is it that has India, China and Russia by the short hairs?
The answer, as it is in so many places, is energy. It is the value of oil that has made China the world's fourth-largest producer of it, and Russia the life-and-death arbiter of Europe winters with his natural gas - just as history's worst cold weather storm was bearing down on the Bering Strait.
What you don't know, mainly because you have not been listening, is that cold fusion has finally come of age. It makes all the oil and gas and coal and nuclear energy of this age worthless. It is a commodity that leads the markets to dump oil, gold and silver because those things are hedges against a vanishing commodity that no longer needs a hedge.
Cold fusion, now known as Low Energy Nuclear Reactions - a temporary tip of the hat to the hot fusion scientists that spent tens of billions to achieve what cold fusion has achieved with a couple of million dollars - is now a reality. As "60 Minutes" trumpeted a few years ago, "Cold fusion is hot again."
For India, cold fusion represents the once-in-a-lifetime potential to generate true, enduring productivity and even prosperity for its vast, well-educated work force and highly entrepreneurial people; it means ending the long dark time of poverty its people have suffered for two thousand years.
The most distinguished scientists in the world, i.e., those who chair committees of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences that hand out the Nobel Prize for Physics and Chemistry, have personally validated the device that an Italian inventor, Andrea Rossi, who lives and works in America, has created. The Royal Academy helped fund the study, too, and Nobel physics laureate Brian Josephson has excoriated fellow scientists in Nature, the magazine, for ignoring it.
Those scientists, without Rossi's help or presence, proved for 32 days that an 8-inch length of pipe, weighing just under one pound - of complicated design, nonetheless - over that month and two days could generate one million five hundred thiousand watts of heat with only a few grams of fuel that was still abundant when the test ended..
Put a few thousand of those pipes together and the world's energy needs are met. We'll still need oil for plastics and lubricants, but will no longer need the fossil fuels we refine to yield gasoline.
Vladimir Putin is about to suffer the greatest sucker punch the world has ever known. All his oil, all his natural gas, will have only a small fraction of its present value.
And China? They are not slow people. They saw the cold fusion device called the Energy Catalyzer coming, and as they have done with everything else you can possibly imagine, they have started manufacturing it under license from an American company called Industrial Heat LLC of Raleigh, N.C.
The Chinese even had meetings about it with President Jinping himself present, and out of those high-level planning meetings has come the creation of a brand new industrial park that is already manufacturing these things.
Rossi is manufacturing them, too, at an Industrial Heat facility in North Carolina. The so-called "Hot Cats" sell for $1.5-million each, and they produce a minimum of three times as much energy as they use.
The patent application filed by Industrial Heat LLC, however, says the E-Cat has a coefficient of performance of 11 - meaning 11 times more energy out than in.
He who controls the light switch controls the world, and as my book "Power" (available on Amazon) hinted, President Obama holds the switch.
The President can, through a remarkable turn of events extremely well-described in "An Impossible Invention," by science journalist Mats Lewan, turn the lights of the entire world off and on.
Privately, Lewan points out rewvealed that a close friend of Mr. Obama, who is now a diplomat in a highly visible post, has been following the cold fusion story for some time.
Big thinkers like the founders of Google are also reading his book, Lewan says.
After Lewan gave Microsoft Founder Bill Gates a copy of the book on March 30, 2014, when Gates visited Sweden, Gates got briefed on cold fusion at the Italian National Laboratory, ENEA, on Nov. 12, according to the major Italian newspaper, La Stampa, which suggested he was more focused on "fredda fusione" - cold fusion - than other topics.
And according to Italy's oldest newspaper, L'Arena, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is close to awarding a $1-billion grant to ENEA for the study of fusion - "hot and cold.".
That information was partly in error, however, insofar as the Gates Foundation, which says any funding of cold fusion would come from Gates' personal funds, not the foundation, a spokeswoman said. She added that the foundation has received many media inquiries about it, and refers them to Gates' personal office. Here was their rersponse to our inquiry, from Jonah Goldman, Gates' Director of Communications:
"I am in Bill Gates's personal office," Goldman writes. "Regarding your inquiry to the foundation on Bill's trip to Rome: Bill was at the ENEA last week on a personal trip to learn more about the innovative work the agency is doing. The visit was a wide-ranging session covering lots of topics. He was not there as a representative of the foundation, nor are there any plans for funding or other partnerships between the ENEA and the foundation."
ENEA's news office, according to a machine translation, said that Gates "first heard a presentation of the activities of ENEA. ... and then focused on cold fusion frontier research... ."
There is little doubt that a substantial investment by Gates would be transformative. It would kick-start development and manufacturing of the technology, with vast implications for energy use around the globe.
Meanwhile, an Irish technology news service, Silicon Republic, correctly said Gates has a longstanding interest in cold fusion, and that such an investment would be in cold fusion technology.
The news service reported that in his own blog, Gates has written that "We need energy miracles."
"I'm optimistic that science and technology can point the way to big breakthroughs in clean energy and help us meet the world's growing needs. In this area," he wrote, "there are no quick fixes, which makes it evev more urgent to start work now."
Gates' visit to ENEA included the briefing from Vittoriio Violante, the lead coordinator of Italy's LENR/cold fusion research, the Irish news service reported.
India's Business Standard reported this week that, with the support of the former head of its atomic energy agency, Indian scientists are "frantic" to revive cold fusion research in light of the advances by Andrea Rossi in the field.
So what do those other leaders want Mr. Obama to do? Essentially, they are begging him, figuratively on their knees, not to flood the world with E-Cats (as they're called) before they can somehow roll up their own energy investments and reasonably makle the Big Switch.
Mr. Obama has his hand on the switch.
Even the former Secretary of Energy, Stephen Chu, still hoping to become a player, was forced to pose for photos last week with someone many believe is a third-rate cold fusion impostor, Robert Godes of Brillouin Energy, which is pretending it has mastered some iteration of Rossi's technology. Those who are in the know laugh at both of them.
Behind the scenes, the Greek government almost fell over the issue, and still may, because they had a deal with Rossi in their grasp but failed to ante up a few million dollars that would have sealed it.
President Obama may have lost the mid-term elections, but he has seized the ultimate power available to anyone in this world, and there does not exist a power on this earth than can take it from him.
He can strut around in Nehru suits and smoke Hemingway cigars all he wants, and there's nothing China, Russia, North Korea or anyone else can do about it.
On the world stage, President Barack Obama has become the Biggest Winner.
How do you like them apples?
Joe Shea has written about cold fusion in the pages of The American Reporter since 2010. He is editor-in-chief and founder of this publication. See the American Reporter home page for more on cold fusion.