SO YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN NEW ENERGY?
By Hal Fox
Only a few times in a lifetime do we get an opportunity to become involved in fundamentally new technologies. Perhaps only once in a lifetime, if ever, do we get the opportunity to be involved in a new technology which is destined to penetrate a five-trillion-dollar-per-year market. That is why we are often asked, "How do I invest?," or "How can I get involved in new energy?"
There is an old story about the man who came to the Italian master teacher and said, "I want to learn. Tell me how I can learn." The master took this budding student to the beach, walked with him out into the water and then proceeded to hold the student's head under water. When the master, finally, let the student up for air, the master said, "What did you want most?" "I wanted to breathe!," gasped the student. "When you want knowledge as much as you wanted breath," said the master, "you will be ready to learn."
Too many persons want the easy road, the handout, or the sure investment that will make them rich without the commensurate work that is often the key to success. Many there are who are thrilled with the thoughts that, at last, we may have the answer to clean, abundant, inexpensive, but not free, energy. A few of these write letters to the editor and tell them to keep up the good work. A few address some of the energy issues and write papers. Fewer still do some experiments, or try to do some experiments, often with inadequate preparation, and questionable results. A handful have actually set up corporations or partnerships to prepare to distribute or manufacture new energy devices. [See the list of such companies under the Commercial Column at the end of this newsletter.]
What would you do if you could go back in time and witness the Wright brothers flying their first plane? Where would you invest? What kind of a company would you establish? Where would you get the information that you need? How would you cash in on one of the greatest growth industries of the century? What would you do if you could visit with those few who built the first personal computer (the forerunner of the Apple computer) in the garage of one of their homes? If you are serious about getting involved, what can you learn from history?
In a recent interview on talk radio, the author of Trends - 2000 stated (somewhat incorrectly) that free energy, of some sort, would be a technology that would make tremendous differences in our lives. He is right in that new-energy technologies will make tremendous differences. He is wrong to call it free energy. Nothing that has to be designed, manufactured, and marketed will be free. Perhaps the best we can hope for is energy that costs one-fourth to one-third of our current energy. The technology is here. Some of the fundamental studies have been made. Other surprising discoveries will be made.
Science is undergoing a paradigm shift. Some of the old beliefs, such as the belief that it is not possible to promote nuclear reactions with low energy, will be abandoned in the face of new experimental and theoretical findings. The paradigm shift (model change) will not occur without some resistance. Just as the automobile companies have been reluctant to produce and market electric automobiles, so too will many companies be loath to make the necessary changes to adapt to new energy technologies. Will there be a concerted effort to suppress this new technology? Probably, but it won't be successful.
Over 200 laboratories have replicated some aspects of the Pons-Fleischmann discovery of cold fusion. These laboratories exist in thirty countries ranging from Japan to Egypt. Except for a class of so-called scientists who were fearful of having their research dollars curtailed and have been active as lobbyists against cold fusion, there has been no attempts at suppression of this new technology. Almost to a person, all opponents to cold fusion have stated, in some way, that they would like it to be a true discovery. Unstated was the thought, "Just don't take away my (our) funds!"
What can you do to help promote new energy? First, support those valiant few who are striving to provide the world with the latest information about new-energy devices, systems, and discoveries. New Energy News, Gene Mallove's Infinite Energy, Mitchell Swartz's Cold Fusion Times, Wayne Green's Cold Fusion are the predominant newsletters or news magazines that are providing information. There is one peer-reviewed journal, Journal of New Energy, a quarterly publication. There are other publications that are energy related. See the list at the end of each issue of New Energy News.
Here are some other things that you can do to get prepared or to help promote new energy technologies:
Get information about new-energy discoveries near you and report such to some of the information centers, such as to the editors of these newsletters and journals. Remember that for every hundred claims to a new-energy discovery, less than one will prove to be practical. Be wary of those who claim suppression, who must have one million dollars or more up front before they will reveal their secrets. These are seldom the attitudes of real inventors. Do not pay cash for unproved secrets. Ask if the inventor has prepared and submitted patent application(s). If not, counsel the inventor to protect his/her ideas.
If you have investment funds or can organize a group who can collectively put up $100,000, then start a mutual fund to invest in new-energy devices. A mutual fund can only provide up to a maximum (if my information is correct) of 5% of the shares in any one company. Therefore, we will need several such mutual funds to help finance these new technologies.
Write letters to the editor, letters to your state science advisor, letters to senators and congressmen. Be courteous in the letters and specify sources, especially sources of peer-reviewed technical information.
Get a few friends together and make a donation of a subscription of some of the newsletters and journals to your local library, college, or high schools. It will be the younger generation who will grow up and help develop, market, and install these new technologies.
If you have money to invest, diversify your investment in a variety of new-energy endeavors. But first be informed so that you can make more informed decisions about where to invest. As new energy devices become a commercial reality, there will be ten or more scams for every honest product.
Most of the editors of the newsletters and journals are donating much of their time and effort to provide the world with important and accurate information on new-energy devices. Support their work! They need your help. If you believe that good things come to those who do good, you may find that your contribution will help you and will help others.
We welcome each and every one of you to the rank of supporters of the new-energy world.
Deng's philosophy about theory:
"It doesn't matter what color the cat is, so long as it catches mice."
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Apr. 27, 1997.