In the past few months, there has been widespread criticism of Dr. Steven Jones’ former muon-catalyzed research through the documentary “Heavy Watergate, The War Against Cold Fusion”:
As I thought these attacks on Dr. Jones could possibly derail the credibility behind his current research analyzing various samples of World Trade Center dust, I decided to interview him in the hope that he might permanently settle the controversy behind the claim that he once was a saboteur of early cold fusion research.
Thankfully, Dr. Jones refuted the accusations made in "Heavy Watergate, The War Against Cold Fusion" by way of a number of compelling points:
1.) Pons and Fleischmann were independent researchers that Dr. Jones did not know when he first began his work on muon-catalyzed fusion in 1985.
2.) Dr. Jones’ first paper on muon-catalyzed fusion, C.D. Van Siclen and S.E. Jones, "Piezonuclear Fusion in Isotopic Hydrogen Molecules," Journal of Physics G. Nucl. Phys. 12: 213-221 (1986), was published three years before the 1989 Pons and Fleischmann announcement.
3.) The 1989 decision by Pons and Fleischmann to go public with the results of their cold fusion research was theirs and theirs alone to make. To suggest that a previous open declaration by Dr. Steven Jones about his independent work somehow played a manipulative role in this event is ridiculous and unfounded.