Tuesday, September 27, 2011


As a testament to the sorry state of science education in the US, a woman called in to the Diane Rehm Show Today, talked briefly to Jeremy Rifkin and Diane, and brought up the free energy source discovered by Tesla. No one pointed out to her that it doesn't work. She said she had recently read a book about it, which shouldn't be surprising since there are still creationists and people who believe global warming is a hoax, also in disappointingly large numbers in this country.

Suppose you do believe that Tesla discovered a source of free energy. Then explain this one thing:
Why isn't anyone getting rich selling energy from the device? Obviously there are scammers advertising generators in the hope that the naive and ignorant will buy them, but no one is attempting to sell electricity from one of these devices. Why not? Hint: it doesn't have anything to do with a big energy/government cover-up.

1 comment:

Jeff Martens said...

There is a good discussion of this at: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=427393

The original poster there followed up to being told that the notion of free energy is "a load of crap" by saying it worked on a YouTube video. Uh huh.