Free energy suppression
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Free energy suppression is a conspiracy theory which claims that advanced technology that would reshape current energy paradigms is being suppressed by governments or special interest groups.
The word Free (meaning unattached) has multiple meanings in English: physical, political, economic and scientific definitions tend to become confused, and so the term "free energy" is ill-defined and somewhat variable, but should not be confused with thermodynamic free energy.
Generally, 'free energy' is used to refer to purported transformative technologies which have the potential to dramatically reduce personal energy costs with relatively little capital investment.
There have been numerous free energy claims over the years. In alternating current power, the voltage and current can be manipulated to be 'wattless' (recording no consumption). While early utility supply meters may have been fooled by by phase-changing devices, this ruse was discovered and remedied in the mid-20th century. The devices still appear from time to time, but suppliers or users may risk prosecution by regulation agencies . Merely seeking to use of any tariff evasion mechanism, even if technically ineffectual, is known as a crime of 'attempted theft' in most jurisdictions.
Some free energy devices imply it is possible to harness perpetual motion which conflicts with the universally accepted physical laws of energy conservation which allow energy to change form, but to be either created or destroyed. Others claim to access novel or occulted power sources such as the actual source hypothesis by Nikola Tesla based on naturally occurring potential differences caused by photon interaction with Earth's atmosphere at different altitudes. His Wardenclyffe Tower demonstrated that a structure of sufficient dimensions, or alternatively a machine to electrically vibrate the Earth enough to harness useful power would be extraordinarily uneconomic. Photons are however a genuine power source and are exploited by photovoltaics.
Similarly, cold fusion while not fundamentally proven impossible, are not accepted as established or even regarded as potentially viable by the scientific community at large. Skeptics usually regard all claims of and research into free energy technology as pseudo-scientific.
The alleged suppression (or weakening) is claimed to be going on for a long time and perpetrated by government agencies, special interest groups, fraudulent inventors and/or a non-demanding public.[unreliable source?] The special interest groups are usually claimed to be associated with the fossil fuel or nuclear industry, whose industry would be threatened.
The suppression claims basically are:
- The claim that the scientific community has controlled and suppressed research into alternative avenues of energy generation via the institutions of peer review and academic pressure.
- The claim that devices exist which are capable of extracting significant and usable power from preexisting unconventional energy reservoirs, such as the quantum vacuum zero point energy, for little or no cost, but are being suppressed.
- The claim that more efficient versions of renewable energy technologies (such as solar cells and biofuels) and energy-consuming technologies (such as electric vehicles) are being suppressed.
Examples of alleged suppression 
Some examples of a death or alleged harassment where suppression has been claimed as a motive include:
Thomas Henry Moray 
In the 1930s, Thomas Henry Moray claimed that he and his family had been threatened and shot at on several occasions and his lab ransacked to stop his free energy research and public demonstrations.[unreliable source?]
Stanley Meyer 
Stanley Meyer produced nine patents, around 1990, relating to his "water powered" car. He was subsequently sued by two investors and the court found Meyer guilty of "gross and egregious fraud", ordering him to repay the investors their $25,000. Meyer died suddenly in 1998. His brother claimed that during a meeting with two Belgian investors in a restaurant, Meyer suddenly ran outside, saying "They poisoned me". After an investigation, the Grove City police went with the Franklin County coroner report that ruled that Meyer, who had high blood pressure, died of a cerebral aneurysm. Meyer's supporters continued to claim that he was assassinated in order to suppress his inventions.
Eugene Mallove 
Eugene Mallove was a notable proponent and supporter of research into cold fusion. He authored the book Fire from Ice, which details the 1989 report of table-top cold fusion from Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann at the University of Utah. The book claims the team did produce "greater-than-unity" output energy in an experiment, which supposedly was successfully replicated on several occasions. Mallove claims that the results were suppressed through an organized campaign of ridicule from mainstream physicists. He was fatally beaten May 14, 2004 in Norwich, Connecticut in an apparent robbery. His violent death was suspected by some to be related to the nature of his work.[unreliable source?] In 2012 a man suspected of having killed Mallove, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was convicted to 16 years in prison.
See also 
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- Paul Ballonoff, Energy: Ending the Never-Ending Crisis. (ed., The book states that governmental energy regulation only help special-interest groups at the cost of energy consumers.)
- Sarewitz (2002). Public Failures in US Science Policy. p. 12. "as the paradigmatic means of choosing among research projects and, more recently, programmatic awards and grants for new research centers and national science and engineering facilities, sometimes has the effect of suppressing consideration of public values"
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-  Lieutenant Steven Robinette of the Grove City Police Department talks about the investigation into Stanley Meyer's death. Robinette was in charge of the detective bureau at that time. quote: "The one thing that was based on science."
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