TTAC prides itself on scanning obscure sources of info to keep you inside the loop on some loopy, car-related stuff. And nothing is quite as bizarre as America's corn-based ethanol industry, depending as it does entirely on government subsidies, mandates and market manipulation. One of the best sources for info: industrialinfo.com. In an "interview" with an endlessly annoying, pig-ignorant, honey-toned professional broadcaster, the news org's Alternative Fuel Group Veep offers a blunt assessment of a bio-diesel and ethanol industry deep in the doldrums. "We're in a bust cycle," Jay Brunson says. "Over the first part of 2008, not a single corn-based ethanol plant has started construction, and the biodiesel industry has had only a handful of construction starts." And then Jay moves quickly on to non-corn ethanol sources. Does this mean U.S. farmers are, you know? Not if their legislators have anything to say about it. And by God, they do.
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