Unmentioned in the furor over global warming and declining oil production in the United States: Tariffs that prevent importing ethanol. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is even working on a new tariff that would block ethanol imports from Trinidad (currently exempt) because entrepreneurs are building sugar-based ethanol refineries there.
Even though it's far more energy efficient (and thus cheaper) to make ethanol from sugar instead of corn, our lawmakers want us to have less access to cheap, imported, sugar-based ethanol. Why? Because voters in Iowa grow corn for a living.
That's democracy in action. That's your tax dollars at work.