A fantastic invention or fantasy?

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An Italian inventor, Andrea Rossi, claims that a 1000 MW nuclear reactor, being constructed in Greece, will become operational in October 2011. I hope he is right; how can one not be happy to have electricity which is ten times less expensive than from coal, and without any pollution? But I am skeptical. Why? Read this paper:

http://pages.csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/cf/rossi.html

But many reputable people take his claim seriously, as illustrated in these two posts:

http://www.rainews24.rai.it/it/video.php?id=23096


How can such optimism be explained?
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Ludwik Kowalski (see Wikipedia)
author of: http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.html
 
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phinds
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I didn't watch the vids in the links. Are any of these "reputable people" physicists? Cold fusion has be a staple of crackpots for some time. I don't know that it will never be possible, but if he has done repeatable cold fusion, it would be known all over the world as soon as it was confirmed.
 
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We'll just have to wait and see. There are plenty of reasons to be highly skeptical, but in the end we will just have to wait.
 
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See our skepticism and debunking forum for recent threads on this. It doesn't qualify for the engineering forums - there is no engineering to discuss.
 

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