Even if 99% of what Ascoli says was true, it would not be a definitive proof there is nothing behind LENR numerous experiments, and his enthusiasm would be there only to push more research with more attention to more details.
I understand scientist who believe in their experiments, and skeptics who warn them to check details. that is sincerity, science, humanity, and prudence.
I understand also, but with more sadness when uncertainty in evidences is exploited to support certainty of absence.
It is a human kind of sincerity to believe in your own lies, as some con-artists do.
Anyway, all have been said since month, on both side.
Many experiments cannot be done again to check claimed pitfalls, or have already been done the way to cancel the warnings, and have not convinced...
I share the feeling of many here that the future is in dry powders, in nickel hydrogen, but scientifically I feel that wet PdD (or Fralick-like permeation) is the best lab-rat... that is an incompetent feeling, so to take with a grain of salt.
I would propose someone repeats an F&P/Miles/Storms/McKubre/Violante/Letts experiment, but it seems they have done it recently, and nobody cared, still criticizing F&P89-92.
Maybe is it like what Mickel McKubre explained at ICCF21, that his initial position what very negative on F&P experiments, despite Fleishmann was one of his professors, UNTIL HE MADE IT HIMSELF.
Edmund Storms say about the same, and it seems to be the standard pathway for the best LENR experimenters, to have started convinced it was a mistake, but anyway trying to find experimentally what was the mistake.
It is hopeless... Cold Fusion is just one of the oldest delusion of our time. I mean that it is not proven.