Its about the silicon
"'CH4 Natural Gas...." and coal is????
It isn't as if the hydrogen is the only part of the fuel that reacts. The fraction of the world's energy use that is coal based is stupifying. The amount of energy available in coal reserves even more so. In many ways it is the other way around. Adding hydrogen to the carbon makes it more useful, because we can move it about in liquid form. You can run a jet turbine on coal dust, but it isn't pretty. Most other small scale engines really need a liquid or a gas. On the other hand, the specific energy of oil is about 30% higher than coal. So you do carry a bit more energy around when you add the hydrogen.
Something that is interesting about Intel. People tend to focus on the x86. But they are a silicon company. In many ways they could not care what they etch onto the wafer, just so long as it is their wafer you buy. Keeping a lead in design of processors is only one of many tactics they use to keep people buying their silicon. The main tactic is their fabrication process. Intel invest as much, if not more, in their silicon fabrication processes than they do in designing the circuits. Remeber it is this side of things that resulted in Moore's law in the firsrt place. Not the design of the circuits.
Depite all the rubbishing of the IA64, one cannot help but observe that the x86 is technically quite dead. There have been, for all intents, no speed improvments in some years. Moore's law for a monoprocessor x86 shrank away from about 2004. Many many cores of x86 may or may not work out. So don't dismiss the IA64.
Not that any of this says that Intel should go anywhere near batteries. Not unless they have some amazing secret up their sleeve. Diversity is important, and I would be nervous about the continued growth of selling silicon. But once you step outside of your own area of expertise you are just as dumb as anyone else.