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Ethanol bill's death in Wisconsin ignores what's happening with our neighbors

In the same week that state senators in Wisconsin killed a bill to require gasoline in the state to include ethanol, policymakers in another Midwestern state were celebrating their latest step toward a more bio-based economy.

Agri-business giant Louis Dreyfus Corp. announced it will build the world's largest biodiesel production plant in northern Indiana, w......

Full article >>> gasoline to contain 10 percent ethanol, a fuel additive typically made from corn, by October 2007. The mandate, passed by the Assembly in December, would not have applied to mid-grade and premium gas.

Supporters argued the bill would create thousands of jobs in the ethanol industry, open a new market for farmers and reduce dependence on foreign oil. But the 12 Republicans and five Democr......

Full article >>> abstract, but the market has already decided in some very real ways that our economy must disengage from reliance on oil that is largely produced elsewhere. Perhaps the ethanol bill is dead in Wisconsin for now, but there's no avoiding the fact that bio-based fuels and products will become a big part of the state's economic future. The only question is whether policymakers embrace that future or ......

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Source:wistechnology.com By Tom Still 03/13/06


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