We have many times documented the development, by various branches of the United States military, over the course of many decades, of technologies wherein Carbon Dioxide extracted from the environment can be converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

Such development efforts have even led to the filing for US Patents, by US Department of Defense contractors, all as we have previously reported to the West Virginia Coal Association, for such astonishing things as a "Fuel Production Ship", which is designed to extract Carbon Dioxide and Hydrogen from sea water, and to synthesize liquid hydrocarbon fuels from them.

Herein, we submit a Masters Thesis from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, written by a US Navy officer apparently attending graduate school there while still serving on active duty, which reveals some of the technology intended to facilitate such conversion of Carbon Dioxide into liquid hydrocarbons.

United States Patent Application: 0100205856

First, we must make note of the fact, that, for whatever inscrutable reason, our United States Government has transferred operational control of at least some of it's critical USDOE National Laboratories to various public and private entities.

In the case of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, management has been transferred to "Los Alamos National Security, LLC", which, according to various web-based sources, is made up of the companies Bechtel National, Babcock and Wilcox, and URS Energy & Construction; and, of the University of California.

And, for whatever other inscrutable reason, the ownership rights to patented technologies - developed by USDOE scientists, in the employ of the US Government and working in those US tax-funded National Laboratories, wherein the management has been so farmed out - are being assigned to those artificial management entities.

That is the case in this United States Patent Application, wherein we see that a USDOE scientist employed at the USDOE's Los Alamos National Laboratory, a scientist about whose Carbon conversion work we have previously reported, and a colleague have developed a practical method for converting Carbon Dioxide, reclaimed not from smokestacks but from the atmosphere itself, into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

United States Patent: 3874739

We submit herein yet another example of petroleum industry engineering focused on the conversion of Coal into more versatile hydrocarbons, but which is worded deliberately we are compelled to contend, so obtusely that its meaning and intent, without a close study, would be utterly missed.

It is so intentionally muddled that we hesitated at first to report it, but elected to do so since, for us, it represents more evidence of the fact that the Truth - - that Coal can be efficiently converted, on a practical basis, through known technologies, into more versatile hydrocarbons - - is out there; but, "They" don't really want us to know it.

Opposing Views: Ethanol from Coal, Natural Gas, and Coke; not from Corn

We have previously cited the Carbon conversion work of the University of Houston's Professor Michael Economides.

We have also, in several of our previous reports, demonstrated that, if we want and need the liquid fuel, Ethanol, and there are some good ways and reasons to use it, then it would be far better to manufacture Ethanol from Coal, than to devote agricultural land, and what might otherwise be desperately needed food crops, to it's production.

Synthesizing Ethanol from Coal, counter to what might be popular misperceptions, requires less energy and generates, overall, less Carbon Dioxide than does, with all of the process steps involved, the traditional  route of producing Ethanol via farming, fermenting and distilling.

United States Patent: 6486219

Via separate dispatch today, we are sending along report of: "United States Patent 3,874,739 - Method and Apparatus for the Transfer of Entrained Solids; April, 1975; Assignee: Exxon Research and Engineering, NJ", which describes itself as a "process for the production of a product gas stream of relatively high methane content by the treatment of bituminous coal ... with steam".

Herein, we document that, once ExxonMobil has that Methane, made from Coal, they know how to make liquid hydrocarbon fuels out of it - by reacting it with Carbon Dioxide.

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