Oregon is struggling to undo bad ethanol legislation.

Meanwhile, the Oregon Environmental Council continues to shill for ethanol subsidies because there might someday be a magic pony of ethanol created in an entirely different way, using entirely different plants and processes, and if we don’t support agribusiness with subsidies and mandates now, why, why, they won’t try to find this magic pony any more!

But most didn’t directly defend heavily subsidized corn-based ethanol, the feedstock for Oregon’s two industrial-sized plants. Instead, they said maintaining Oregon’s guaranteed demand for ethanol would boost development of more environmentally friendly forms.

Biofuel development is “key to the transition away from oil,” said Andrea Salinas of the Oregon Environmental Council.

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It’s truly pitiful — pathetic even — when the so-called environmentalists are more concerned with keeping the subsidies flowing to agribusiness than anyone else.