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Last March, we again addressed "Section 526" of the "Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007", a tasty bit of legislation, an amendment to the Act itself, which was slipped into the books in the later years of the Bush Administration, that specifically prohibits the US Department of Defense from buying and using, or promoting the manufacture of, liquid hydrocarbon fuels synthesized from our abundant domestic Coal.

United States Patent: 4252777

In a recent article appearing in a one-time Coal Country newspaper, which has since seemed to have packed up its bags, or at least it's heart, and moved to Gasland,

(See: Gasland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; "Gasland is a 2010 American documentary film written and directed by Josh Fox. The film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a stimulation method known as hydraulic fracturing.)

Energy Citations Database (ECD) - - Document #21058939

First, referring to our headline, the "high-tech metal" we specifically intend is "Germanium".

And, you might well be inspired to ask:

What the heck is Germanium, anyway; and, why should I care?

Well, as has been explained to us, Germanium is a semi-metallic element that belongs to the same "family", or Group on the Periodic Table of Elements, as Carbon and Silicon.

And, like Silicon, it is a semi-conductor, only, in certain ways, better. The only reason, in fact, that we don't have a "Germanium Valley" as opposed to a "Silicon Valley" is because it ain't that easy to come by.

http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/hydrogen_clean_fuels/refshelf/presentations/CTL%20Tec%20Cicero%20June%2008.pdf

Our own United States Department of Energy actually declared, publicly, the science and technology for converting our abundant Coal into liquid hydrocarbon replacements for anything that we currently derive from natural, conventional Petroleum sources to be economically and technically viable fully three years ago.

United States Patent: 4045328

We've presented numerous reports documenting the development of practical Coal liquefaction technologies by the United States Petroleum industry.

The companies that finally coalesced into that lovable giant, ExxonMobil, especially, established for themselves a significant body of technology that would seem to enable their switching from crude Oil to Coal as their basic feedstock for making liquid fuels pretty much any time it might please them to do so.


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