Hey, wouldn't it be great if we could - - instead of harassing our economically essential Coal-fired generators of affordable and reliable electric power, or taxing their already over-taxed customers, because of essentially harmless Carbon Dioxide emissions - - harvest Carbon Dioxide, and then use and consume that CO2 in the efficient industrial synthesis of anything, basically, we now drive our entire nation into hock to keep buying from OPEC, or put our groundwater at risk to drill and frack for?
Carbon Dioxide, the purported greenhouse gas that the suspect enemies of our use of Coal in the generation of abundant and affordable electric power use as one of their primary weapons in their "War On Coal", can be seen and treated as a valuable, maybe even a precious, raw material resource.
And, if we, in the United States of America, especially those of us United States citizens resident in United States Coal Country, aren't smart enough to realize that fact and/or industrious enough to do something constructive about it, our international competitors, some of whom have gotten used to living large on our collective complacency, do realize it and are doing some things about it.
Although we've made previous mention of the British company "Air Fuel Synthesis", and their pilot operations for harvesting Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere and then converting that harvested CO2 into fuel alcohol Methanol, it seems timely now to provide some more complete information concerning them.
By way of introduction and explanation, a decent article about Air Fuel Synthesis, and their initial prototype, small proof-of-concept facility, was published by the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph back on October 18, of 2012:
We first remind you of an earlier report:
"United States Patent 8,596,047 - Vehicle Electrocatalyzer for Recycling Carbon Dioxide to Fuel Hydrocarbons; 2013; Inventors: R. A. K. Shawabkeh, et. al., Saudi Arabia; Assignees: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology";
The news article linked below is from April 29 of this year. Why hasn't anything been published or broadcast about it in our public media? They have been quite successfully converting Coal on a large scale industrial and commercial basis into synthetic diesel and gasoline, and other hydrocarbon products, in the nation of South Africa for more than half a century. China is now building out a massive industry to do the same things with Coal. But, Section 526 of the 2007 EnergyIndependence and Security Act prohibits the US Government, including our military, from buying liquid hydrocarbon fuels made from Coal.
But, this spring, as excerpted from the linked article:
"A group of U.S. senators, including John Barrasso (R-WY), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), last week reintroduced the North American Alternative Fuels Act, which would repeal Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Passed in 2007, the EISA prohibits the federal government or U.S. military from purchasing fuel produced from coal",
Why hasn't anyone thought it worth educating the US Coal Country public about this patriotic and politically bi-partisan effort? Can you imagine the jobs and industries we could create in Coal Country if genuine patriots - Republicans and Democrats - all across the USA, much less just those in West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Pennsylvania and etc., were as informed as they should be?
Why aren't we, and all of our channels of public communication and all our Coal Country elected representatives, organizing to support Senators Manchin, Heitkamp and Barrasso in these efforts?