Andrea Rossi, inventor of the E-Cat power unit, is not a conspiracy theorist. That doesn’t, however, mean that conspiracies don’t exist, or that big oil has not had its influence on economics and consumers.
One of the biggest scandals behind fossil fuels and proponents is the Great American Streetcar Scandal of the 1940s. Not to dig anything up, but this shows the extremes that industries will go to in promotion of their own products.
One of the biggest problems in urban America today is the availability of public transportation. Most people drive their own cars, adding to emissions and paying outrageous prices for parking spaces. One great anticipation concerning the E-Cat technology is that perhaps in the near future autos can be powered by this long-lasting, emission free energy source.
However, public transportation in urban America was not always nonexistent. In the 1930s, most big cities in the U.S. had streetcars and electric trains. Two of the biggest streetcar companies in the country started, in 1936, to buy all of the streetcar lines in the country – and almost succeeded. The National City Lines and Pacific City Lines bought over 100 streetcar and electric train companies, spanning 45 cities. These two companies then proceeded to close all 100 streetcar lines, and started using buses, instead.
National City Lines and Pacific City Lines were funded by GM, Standard Oil of California, Mack Trucks, Firestone Tire, and Phillips Petroleum. In fact, GM and some of the other companies were convicted in 1949 of conspiring to monopolize the sale of buses. With the decline of public transportation, GM and other companies saw their automobile sales and sales of fossil fuels skyrocket.
While other factors did contribute to the decline of rapid transit in urban America, the success of automotive manufacturers and oil companies in shaping the future of the country is well documented.
This, obviously, gives enough room for conspiracy theorists to say that there will be troubles in certification of E-Cat technology simply because of pressure from powerful lobbies that will not go away, but leaving this aside, eventually the energy market requests should decide, don’t you think?