John requests comment on "Barack Obama's support for corn ethanol subsidies and tariffs on the more energy-efficient Brazilian sugarcane stuff, please." There was a good New York Times article on this yesteday and Obama turns out to be sort of worse than I'd thought -- not just shuffling along the Midwestern party line but really in tight with a bunch of corn ethanol people.

The problems with corn ethanol are pretty well-rehearsed at this point, and obviously anyone trying to block the importation of foreign ethanol isn't actually serious about this topic as an alternative fuel and is just trying to hand out yet more money to Big Corn. I'm not sure how much the president's attitude toward this issue really matters, but if Obama wins let's hope it doesn't matter too much.

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