Mitt Romney thinks cold fusion was “solved,” doesn’t realize the research was debunked decades ago

September 6, 2014

Energy

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“I do believe in basic science. I believe in participating in space. I believe in analysis of new sources of energy. I believe in laboratories, looking at ways to conduct electricity with — with cold fusion, if we can come up with it. It was the University of Utah that solved that. We somehow can’t figure out how to duplicate it.”

– Mitt Romney in December 2011 talking with the Washington Examiner

I realize that it is difficult for a presidential candidate to be up to date on every single issue, but the theory of cold fusion was in no way shown to be correct in 1989, noted in this New York Times article. The American Physical Society concluded that assertions of successful cold fusion were based on experimental errors by the scientists at the University of Utah.

Nuclear energy from fusion has been shown only to work at very high temperatures, and not room temperature. Attempts by other physicists to reproduce the Utah physicists results have confirmed this.

Mitt Romney seemed to be eager to brag about his home state, but failed to check his claim before he boasted.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/24/1135928/-More-Mitt-Romney-science-He-believes-University-of-Utah-solved-cold-fusion

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