Yes, almost sadly, we submit even more documentation of the fact that, for more than half a century, both the petroleum industry and our own United States Government have known that Coal can be hydrogenated, and thus converted into more versatile hydrocarbons, through fairly straightforward interactions with Steam.
We know these submissions are redundant, but we do try to avoid repetition. The fact that there are so many official US documents like this stashed away just serves to confirm how real, and how highly-developed, the science for hydrogenating Coal, and converting it on a practical basis into liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon fuels, really is.
It also serves to confirm that such knowledge of viable and practical Coal conversion technology has, for whatever reason, been left to lie fallow; squirreled away so as to remain unused and unknown by the people who have, over the past decades, most deserved to have the tools of Coal conversion placed into their hands:
The public citizens of the United States of America.
Soapbox for the moment kicked aside, following are excerpts from:
"United States Patent 2,482,187 - Producing Hydrogen-Carbon Monoxide Gas Mixtures
Date: September, 1949
Inventor: Everett Johnson, IL
Assignee: Standard Oil Company, Chicago
Abstract: This invention relates to a process and apparatus  for the optimum utilization (emphasis added) of the hydrocarbon values derived from solid carbonaceous substances such as coal ... .
More particularly, the invention pertains to the production of gas mixtures comprising essentially hydrogen and carbon oxides suitable for the synthesis of hydrocarbons.
Briefly stated, my invention contemplates heating a fluent mass of ... carbonaceous solids in one zone by the exothermic conversion of carbon with oxygen-containing gas to carbon oxides and transferring the unconverted incandescent solids remaining to a reaction or decomposing zone wherein the solids serve both to supply heat and reactant material for endothermic decomposition of steam.
Claims: The method of making gas mixtures consisting chiefly of hydrogen and carbon monoxide suitable for the synthesis of hydrocarbons" ...
... by, simply, reacting hot Coal with Steam.
Note, that, in confirmation of earlier of our reports, all of the energy needed, to drive all of the processes and reactions involved, can be generated by the initial controlled oxidation of Coal, forming both the needed "carbon oxides" and the "incandescent solids" which are then used to extract Hydrogen from Water.

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