MIT has an IAP program:

The Independent Activities Period (IAP) is a special term at MIT that runs from early January until the end of the month. IAP 2013 will run from Monday, January 7 through Friday, February 1, 2013.

IAP provides members of the MIT community (students, faculty, staff, and alums) with a unique opportunity to organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, tours, recitals and contests.

During the recently completed IAP ‘semester’, there was a (non-credit) course on cold fusion:

Cold Fusion 101: Introduction to Excess Power in Fleischmann-Pons Experiments
Peter Hagelstein, Mitchell Swartz
Jan/22 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/23 Wed 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/24 Thu 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/25 Fri 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/28 Mon 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/29 Tue 11:00AM-01:00PM 4-153
Jan/30 Wed 11:00AM-01:00PM 66-144
Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session
Excess power production in the Fleischmann-Pons experiment; lack of confirmation in early negative experiments; theoretical problems and Huizenga’s three miracles; physical chemistry of PdD; electrochemistry of PdD; loading requirements on excess power production; the nuclear ash problem and He-4 observations; approaches to theory; screening in PdD; PdD as an energetic particle detector; constraints on the alpha energy from experiment; overview of theoretical approaches; coherent energy exchange between mismatched quantum systems; coherent x-rays in the Karabut experiment and interpretation; excess power in the NiH system; Piantelli experiment; prospects for a new small scale clean nuclear energy technology.
Sponsor(s): Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Contact: Peter Hagelstein, plh@mit.edu

You can watch a youtube video of one of the presentations here.

I discovered this video via the website wattsupwiththat.com, in an article called Carbon tax hallucinations

If you take a look at the comments, you’ll see lots of polarized viewpoints, some dripping with ideological generalization, some dripping with sarcasm, some dripping with both.

Not unlike comments about ‘climate change’ on lefty blogs – mostly the ideology and antagonists/protagonists are different.

What you don’t see much of are comments looking for win/win situations (which is what LENR/LANR/so-called “cold fusion” would be). And yet, win-win situations should also be the most achievable, politically speaking, provided we assume the system has not been manipulated/corrupted to prevent win-win solutions from coming to the fore.

Alas, there are powerful forces that are far more concerned about their own self-aggrandizement, than they are about the public welfare. The system is thoroughly corrupted, and the public vastly propagandized and divided.

So, the question I would put to Enviros and Fossil Fuel Junkies, is “Do you want to be part of a solution, or part of a non-ending problem that needn’t be such?”

If you want to be part of an optimal solution, in cases such as this where win-win opportunities ‘may’ exist, you need to start by questioning authority – external and those that you have internalized.