Ethanol again wants more

It's not too late for US lawmakers to support national rather than political interests in their handling of fuel ethanol. Last-minute manipulations by ethanol interests give them strong reason to reverse course.Both houses of Congress have passed mandates for agriculturally derived ethanol in gasoline. The initiatives undermine energy bills to which they attach. Energy legislation should serve broad national interests. If enacted, a mandate for ethanol in gasoline would help only growers and distillers of grain and hurt everyone else. It's not energy policy; it's wealth transfer to agricultural interests.Many if not most lawmakers, with approval from the administration of Pres...

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