Transcript of ABC-TV "Good Morning
Program on Cold Fusion Excess Energy
and Radioactivity Reduction
June 11, 1997 (Transcript prepared
by Infinite Energy Magazine)
Good Morning America program segment aired across the United States
beginning shortly after 8:15 a.m. in the eastern US . At 8:15
a.m. anchor person Elizabeth Vargas said matter-of-factly: "Coming
up next, Science Editor Michael Guillen will have an update on
a revolutionary power source one that could make pollution
a thing of the past..." The high-profile story was also announced
at 8:01 by anchor Charlie Gibson, who at 8:16 (after an intervening
segment, the news, and weather) reiterated his lead-in to the
Charlie Gibson (announcer): Also Michael Guillen is going
to be with us. About a year ago February of last year [Feb.7,
1996] he introduced to us, on a piece in this broadcast, to
a man named James Patterson. Mr. Patterson had a none-too-modest
claim. Mr. Patterson claims that he has come up with the source
for cheap, renewable energy that will solve the world's energy problems.
I mean that's not too small a claim, is it? Anyway, scientists have
had about a year since that first announcement of Mr. Patterson's
discovery scientists have had about a year to check out his
findings and Michael's going to give us an update on just how they
are panning out.
Charlie Gibson (announcer): A little more than a year ago,
we introduced you to an inventor who had come up with something
getting a lot of attention. But its promise to transform our lives
was tempered by the fact that it seemed to defy the laws of physics.
Well, we got a tremendous response to that story that we did, and
our science editor Michael Guillen is back with an update on this
device and its creator.
Dr. Michael Guillen: Big time response:
we get letters all the time about this guy. He is Dr. James Patterson
who we introduced last year. Seventy five years old, an inventor
with 150 patents under his belt, including one for this little device,
which he calls the Patterson Power Cell. It's really simple in concept.
You have two electrodes here which you attach to electricity, you
zap it with electricity, all the while you flush it with salt water,
Charlie. But at the heart of the power cell are those little beads.
Can you see them in there? I've taken some out and put them on the
plate. [Camera zooms in to plate.] Okay, these are his little
beads. They are plastic coated with various layers of metal. There
is a lot going on in those beads! And even though this device doesn't
look like a lot, Charlie, as you are about to see, it has come a
long way in the last year.
[Film clip begins]
Man fishing: You got that one, you got
that one, alright . . .
MG: Last year, when we first met Dr.
Patterson, he was either out on the water fishing, or in his old
garage tinkering. Hard to imagine anything earthshattering happening
here. And yet today that old garage is a full-fledged modern laboratory,
and Dr. Patterson is more optimistic than ever that his device will
one day make fossil fuels obsolete.
James Patterson: We are getting nuclear
energy output without the nuclear radiation byproducts.
James Reding: Michael, let me show you
our hot water heater prototype.
MG: Oh, that's great!
MG (voiceover): Three years ago, young
Jim Reding left Wall Street to market his grandfather's invention.
JR: Well, here it is. This device is
producing more energy than it is consuming. In fact it is fifty
percent more efficient than what people have in their homes today.
MG: Boy, this thing is really cooking!
That's steam. Now, when will this be available for the consumers
JR: We expect the device will be available
two to four years from today.
MG: So, right around the turn of the
century? Perfect timing!
JR: That's what we hope.
MG (voiceover): During the last year,
Patterson's little beads have led to a huge surprise. Not only do
they produce heat. It turns out, they also neutralize radioactivity.
JP: This is the cell system down here
. . .
MG: It sounds like such an amazing development,
the company is attracting big name scientists, like Norm Olsen.
He traveled all the way from Hanford, Washington, where the government
stores billions of gallons of high level radioactive waste.
Norman Olsen: If this technology works
out as advertised, it means we could significantly reduce the radioactivity
of nuclear waste in the United States, and the world.
MG: But does it work as advertised?
We decided to put it to the test.
JP: What I have in this cup is radioactive
uranium in a water medium.
MG: And that's what's sending that Geiger
going crazy, right?
MG: So the idea is that the radioactive
material will then flow through your device, and actually remove
MG: I don't believe it. Go ahead and
push the button. Let's see if it works.(Laughs.)
MG (voiceover during time lapse shot):
The experiment began at high noon, with the Geiger counter registering
well over 300. But by speeding up the video, you can see that after
a couple of hours, the radioactivity was cut down by more than half
a reduction that would take billions of years to happen naturally.
NO: I am really encouraged by what I
have just seen. Our plan now would be to take it back to Hanford
Labs, test it out under controlled circumstances, and fully prove
it. And go as far as we can go with it.
JP: I am doing something very good for
society. I am accomplishing something for society. This gets me
up early in the morning. In fact, it interferes with my fishing
. . . [video clip of fishing]
[Return to studio]
CG: Alright, so you send electricity
through this, and these little beads produce more electricity [sic]
[Ed note: should be heat energy, not electricity.] than you
MG: Yeah, a hundred to a thousand times
more at its maximum output. But with this hot water heater they
are developing by the way, they partnered up with the world's
largest hot water heater manufacturer they are not so concerned
about producing hundreds or thousands of times more energy, they
are more concerned about it lasting a long time. So it is only producing
about 120% more energy than it is consuming.
[Note: this means total output is 1.2 times input.]
CG: Is there something here?
MG: I find it intriguing. You know,
I am skeptical in the sense, Charlie, that I am curious, critical,
but I am not close minded. And what is interesting is that last
week, they attended the American Nuclear Society [conference] which
is the conservative bastion of nuclear physics, and the device was
very well received. They have been invited to next years conference.
Motorola, Westinghouse, the Department of Energy, are all showing
big time interest. Southern California Edison, Long Island Lighting,
are all beating a path to their door. It is a story we are going
to keep track of.
Editor's note: Despite the admirable
high-profile treatment of this story by ABC-TV, not a single mainstream
news outlet followed up that week on what Dr. Guillen had presented.
This, even though we at Infinite Energy were able to alert dozens
of news organizations and top science journalists that the program
was about to be aired.