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CONCORD, New Hampshire: At a public forum for presidential candidates in Concord, New Hampshire, which was held at Temple Beth Jacob on the evening of January 8th, all three Democratic Party presidential candidates who attended Ð Senator John Edwards, Senator Joseph Lieberman, and Congressman Dennis Kucinich - said "Yes" to a proposal by New Energy Foundation (NEF) to establish an Office of Unconventional Energy within the U.S. Department of Energy, or, alternately, within NASA. Their responses came in the form of answers to a question submitted by NEF President Dr. Eugene Mallove.
The question was posed to the three candidates by forum moderator Rabbi Richard Klein, following an earlier exchange by the candidates on more general questions about foreign policy and energy and environmental policy. The forum lasted 90 minutes.
A transcript of the question that was asked and the three candidate responses appears below. But first some background about the question: New Energy Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, which is dedicated to evaluating, publishing, and funding scientific research on experimental evidence and theories for sources of energy that have not received adequate or appropriate review by the scientific establishment. Among these are such New Energy forms as: low-energy nuclear reactions (a.k.a. "cold fusion"), vacuum energy, "zero point" energy, "hydrino" physics, and other experimentally motivated revisions of or extensions to modern physics. NEF publishes the scientific and popular journal, Infinite Energy: New Energy, New Science, New Technology.
The question asked by Dr. Mallove was posed in a manner designed to bring the issue of NEW ENERGY into the public arena, from which it has been inappropriately absent from pronouncements by presidential candidates (with several exceptions) as far back as Bill Clinton in January 1992, also in Concord, NH. Therefore the question was posed in a way that might be more congenial to the candidates, who were gathered in Concord only a few weeks before the New Hampshire Presidential Primary. It is obvious that the question of New Energy will affect not only energy and the environment but also human health. So we begin by way of an analogy with energy: Within NIH (the National Institutes of Health) there is an Office of Alternative Medicine, the OAM, which evaluates medical treatments that are not deemed viable by conventional scientific theory, but which in many cases appear to work nonetheless Ð such as acupuncture and some aspects of homeopathy. The OAM investigates controversial new methodologies that may work in concert with traditional medicine to promote human health. So, the question arises: Should we as a society do the same for frontier ideas in energy that are languishing due to official neglect and antagonism?
The QUESTION asked by Rabbi Klein to the three candidates on January 8, 2004, after their answers to more general questions about energy and the environment:
"I am going to ask for a 30-second follow-up. A very specific related question -- you can talk about alternative energy: Would you support an office within the United States Department of Energy to evaluate what might be called ^(3)unconventional energy^(2) sources Ð NOT merely renewable sources such as wind power Ð but such things as ^(3)cold fusion^(2) or so-called "zero-point" or vacuum energy? Thirty seconds!
This entire exchange was audio- and video-recorded by Dr. Mallove. Several news organizations were present, which recorded the entire forum. Now, perhaps other presidential candidates will be motivated to look into the matter of New Energy, which New Energy Foundation believes is of overarching importance in economic, environmental, geopolitical, health-promoting, and scientific implications.
Extensive information about New Energy and how the government-academic
complex has treated it may be found on the New Energy Foundation web site
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