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Utah’s Cold Fusion Moment

Renee Bright

In 1989, The University of Utah was in the national spotlight when two of its chemists announced the discovery of a powerful energy source that would solve the world’s energy problems: cold fusion.

U of U chemists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons told the world they had “established a sustained nuclear fusion reaction” at room temperature. If true, not only would this be a clean source of energy, but an answer to climate problems. The trouble is, no other scientists could re-create the experiment and Fleischmann and Pons were soon written off as junk scientists. This Friday at 11 a.m., we’ll talk about that moment in Utah history.


  • Rod Decker is a retired news reporter for KUTV-2.  
  • Clayton Brown is a co-director and co-producer for the film “The Believers” and an Associate Professor of Communications at Northwestern University. 
  • Monica Long Ross is a co-director and co-producer for the film “The Believers”

You can watch “The Believers” on Amazon or Vudu

Airdate: Friday, Jan 20, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

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