I consider ethanol a better idea than practice, so it was with delight that I read, EPA finalizes renewable fuel standard for 2013, additional adjustments expected in 2014.
However, the fine print tells that only cellulosic biofuels are cut in half. Unspecified biofuels, primarily corn ethanol remains the same.
Wikipedia reminds us that the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was "to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security..." We achieved this, not through biofuels, but instead, investments by the Department of Energy in advanced drilling technology. I am cautious on fracking, because I am concerned about the possible damage to the aquifers. But it has pushed the U.S. closer to energy independence than other other single initiative or technology.
Almost every independent study of ethanol places the biofuel on the bubble on whether it really provides benefit in relationship to its cost. Why don't we abandon it and save the midwest aquifers?