A non-grain source for ethanol. Note that much of the research came from AUBURN UNIVERSITY! (home of the Mises Institute, the base for Austrian free market economics.... just an aside). Switchgrass. Anyone here even heard of it?
I am not much for government involvement in much of anything, but if we are determined to waste the moneys, rather than spend trillions of dollars and thousands of lives of young Americans (not to mention hundreds of thousands of lives of Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, etc) trying to stabilize the ME (or even more stupidly, bomb them till they like us!), why don't we just render the ME economically irrelevant. Plus, imagine the wealth that can be generated by prairie lands anywhere!
An alternative to petroleum would send every one of those countries back to the medieval hellholes of poverty, corruption, and insane fanaticism they were before oil was discovered there.
Club Mod: Cellulosic Ethanol: $2.35 per gallon