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How can PopSci claim Andrea Rossi is a “Convicted Scam Artist”?

The recent news announcing that "Industrial Heat Has Acquired Andrea Rossi's E-Cat Technology" is causing many reaction.

It is following the "coming -out" of the R&D consortium of Swedish energy companies, who after having funded the Levi&al test, have published a small article  on E-Cat in their corporate magazine Elforsk Perspektiv, and even a report on LENR research. Those moves, despite their importance have not been relayed by media.

Industrial Heat acquisition of E-Cat technology seems more inspiring. Some like me feel that this is an important step proving the reality of Andrea Rossi LENR technology.


Of course, some long time anti-LENR media, probably feeling their holy mission is to protect the peasant and the widow from evil scam artist, express their doubt on the E-Cat technology. Freedom of speech protect opinions, conspiracy theories, but there is legal limits.

The article of Popular Science passed over that limit by stating :

The device was created by Italian inventor Andrea Rossi, convicted scam artist who... [emphasis added]

Andrea Rossi in front of an early (1970s) prototype of his garbage-to-fuel reactor. (from PESWiki)

It is referring to the failure of Rossi's company "Petroldragon" and the fate of "Omar Refinery". The affair was very complex, with Rossi initially considered as a hero of recycling, then as an environmental criminal when his business get stopped, with the wastes to clean. There are many opinion, many version of the story. On LENR-Forum tried to gather data to rebuild the story, using press articles, and biography.

What is sure is that finally, at the second appeal, the judge decided, that there was no reality in the accusation, because they were based on retroactive application of laws.

Rossi get jailed later shortly for tax evasion (during DoD thermoelectric project), visibly trying to escape from the bankruptcy caused by the procedure, which finally was dismissed. The press article (translated) tell that :

Andrea Rossi Acquitted of Recycling toxic waste
The prosecutor had asked for a sentence of three years and a half Silvia Underwire: polluter gets away

MILAN - Acquittal "because the fact does not exist" for Andrea Rossi, accused of conspiracy to commit money laundering of toxic and hazardous waste, piled in the 80"'s between Hoofddorp and Lacchiarella. This story Rossi was arrested in 1995, when claimed to be able to turn that waste into oil. He remained in jail six months. In this process, the prosecutor had asked for a sentence of three years and six months. This is the third acquittal, the other two had obtained at Monza and Ariano Irpino, where they were transferred to two sections of 'investigation. After years of investigation and controversy, Rossi was finally sanctioned only for minor events related to non-compliance with the authorizations he had obtained for the disposal of waste. Appeal is still pending in the trial for fraudulent bankruptcy due to the collapse of Omar, the company that took over from Petrol Dragon refinery Lacchiarella and meant to be distilled waste: for this process, in 2000, Andrea Rossi was sentenced to summary proceedings by the Gup Milan to eight years in prison. To rehabilitate approximately 70,000 tons of waste accumulated in 'system, in ten years the Lombardy Region has paid about € 41 million. 'L' acquittal of Rossi clearly shows how the principle of "polluter pays" principle is often applied in reverse: the polluter earns and gets away with it, "said Silvia Underwire Clementi, regional director of An. G. Gua.
Giuseppe Guastella
(27 November 2004) - Corriere della Sera

The press is very negative against him, and depending on the point of view you see him as an irresponsible entrepreneur, or a victim of mafia controlled authorities...

The point is that Andrea Rossi is not a "CONVICTED SCAM ARTIST". The accusations were about environmental crime. Only the mayor claimed it did not produce oil, and you have to trust an Italian politician to trust those assertions without confirmation.

Technically, PopSci committed a clear defamation.

How can a journalist, claim such erroneous facts without fear of a defamation case ? How can the chief editor let that happen ? Why is it not already corrected with an excuse?

Maybe the secret is hidden in Groupthink diagnostic on Wikipedia :

Type I: Overestimations of the group — its power and morality

  • Illusions of invulnerability creating excessive optimism and encouraging risk taking.
  • Unquestioned belief in the morality of the group, causing members to ignore the consequences of their actions.

Type II: Closed-mindedness

  • Rationalizing warnings that might challenge the group's assumptions.
  • Stereotyping those who are opposed to the group as weak, evil, biased, spiteful, impotent, or stupid.

Type III: Pressures toward uniformity

  • Self-censorship of ideas that deviate from the apparent group consensus.
  • Illusions of unanimity among group members, silence is viewed as agreement.
  • Direct pressure to conform placed on any member who questions the group, couched in terms of "disloyalty"
  • Mindguards— self-appointed members who shield the group from dissenting information.

I don't see any other rational reason for journalists and mainstream scientific magazine, to endanger their finance and their credibility by such irresponsible act, whatever is their opinion.

Maybe you have better explanation, I have no other : They are in groupthink.

Will Andrea Rossi launch a defamation case ? Who knows...


Published on 27th January 2014 AlainCo By AlainCo (alainco@lenrnews.eu)

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