> cold fusion - it worked like claimed, would be damn easy to verify to actually happen.
Firstly, it is increasingly easy to verify low-energy nuclear reactions, as the exponentially expanding body of verifications attests.
Secondly, observations of low-energy nuclear reactions are not dependent upon theoretical explanations.
Thirdly, there are a wide variety of hypothesized mechanisms whereby nucleon-nucleus interactions may occur at low energies. Your comment was quite vague, and its coherence depends upon the structure of a particular hypothesis, which one is left unspecified. This makes the premise irrefutable, and hence meaningless, and therefore the inference is meaningless.
Fourthly, peer review and traditional scientific process is not skipped by all researchers in the field. Yes, there are a number of notable amateur or commercial researchers who are not particularly interested in playing the game we call science. Their success or failure will be measured in practical devices being applied in industry or infrastructure. not by the progress of mainstream science. That's perfectly alright. Science will catch up, if they manage to leap ahead.
Fifthly, there is nothing pseudo-scientific about observing phenomena with careful instrumentation, submitting processes to peer review, hypothesizing physical mechanisms which may underlie the observed phenomena, and formulating experimental procedures to test those hypotheses. This is occuring in LENR, but for the most part it is occurring in minor journals and specialist conferences, whereas in the absence of an irrational aversion to the topic, it would benefit from wider scrutiny and the attention of a larger proportion of the professional scientific community. Given the quality and level of the results observed to date, this would be much to the benefit of society at large, as it can be foreseeably expected to result in technological advance and diffusion at a higher rate than observed so far.