Andrea Rossi had an interesting exchange on the Journal of Nuclear Physics with the commenter Giovanni Guerrini. Guerrini asked:
“If the 3rd world war could be fought for the control of oil, water and food, the E-Cat should avoid it. So, Mr. Rossi, the E-Cat should be recognized for 2 things:
1) For physics
2) For peace.”
“The 3rd world war will never be fought, I think, and this is true paradoxically thanks to the most terrible arm ever invented.”
This would, of course, be the atomic bomb.
This exchange was the result of a conversation Rossi and another commenter called Chris. Chris had said:
“…is the E-Cat shielded against EMPs (Electromagnetic Pulse) so that power production would still be available in case of an attack via EMP or an attack with a nuclear bomb?”
Andrea Rossi’s response was:
“This is a very interesting point. As a matter of fact, we have protected the outside of the E-Cat from any kind of radiation emitted by the reactor, but we did not think about the eventuality of EMP directed toward the plant, specifically in case of nuclear attack.
“We have to think about this interesting issue, hoping that it will never happen…but, nevertheless, you are right: we have to think about anything, even if remotely possible…I hope and think impossible at all: if not so, the E-Cat will be not much of use anyway, since the 4th world war will be fought by throwing stones.”
With the political problems across the world, and with more nations gaining the ability to build a “dirty” nuclear bomb, it aspect of nations resorting to throwing rocks at each other is somehow reassuring.