Cold fusion for a hot planet

"By the late 21st century, I believe cold fusion will be the primary power source that will power civilization; it can reduce the use of fossil fuels that cause global warming," he added.

While the political debate rages over global warming, time will tell if Freeman's cold-fusion research will pay off. Most mainstream scientists would probably brand him as a misguided researcher working on the fringe of physics, but history may prove otherwise.

And then there's this quote, from a Jan. 16, 1880 news story in the New York Times, to remind cold-fusion skeptics that conventional wisdom can often be wrong: "... After a few more flashes in the pan, we shall hear very little more of Edison or his electric lamp. Every claim he makes has been tested and proved impracticable."

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