What I would like to see is a relatively lightly refereed forum where guys like you and Ed go at it and we can all see for ourselves who gives the most scientific answers
The fallacy in this otherwise excellent suggestion is the 'relatively lightly refereed' part. As soon as anybody who is clearly identifiable as part of the 'old guard' starts posting publicly the abuse begins. Jed has suffered such abuse for years- but he is a feisty beggar and can look after himself. Don't hold your breath waiting for many others to join such an argument- they have done it a hundred times before without any result.
I think there is a huge tendency to spend far too much time and energy picking over the 28 year old bones of Pons and Fleischman's work to the huge detriment of current work in the field. it's 2017, time to wake up and smell the coffee instead of bickering over theory . Pd-D has been a great experimental tool, for sure - but it will never sort out the problems we currently face - and neither will hot fusion. What the field needs is a concerted effort to do what Rossi has done (or attempted - for the purposes of this discussion it is irrelevant). Cute experiments are all very well, but they butter no toast. Someone with the resources and the intellectual wherewithal needs to pick up the LENR ball and run with it. The money can be found, the arguments overcome, the legacy systems (the grid for example) protected for long enough for present investors to exit gracefully. There are billions of dollars to be lost, but trillions to be gained.
End of rant. Alan