It seems to me that I've seen a lot of agreement among Republicans, Democrats and Independents, to the extent I know who you are, about corn-based ethanol. Subsidizing corn-based ethanol is wasteful, expensive, bad energy and economic policy, and is driving up food prices worldwide. Senators Coburn (R) and Feinstein (D) have introduced [link=http://coburn.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?a=Files.Serve&File_id=782611c3-3ec4-4535-8416-8af1dd1e20ba]amendment #309[/link]"Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act" to S. 493. [blockquote]U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today [yesterday] introduced the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which will fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and fully repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. Cosponsors also include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Jim Webb (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and James Risch (R-ID).[/blockquote] [link=http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=d814a8d6-32bd-46d8-89bc-c61d65373f45]Senator Coburn's web page[/link] -If passed, this bill could reduce Federal spending by billions. -It would go along way toward killing corn-based ethanol, a terrible misstep in our national energy policy -It will help ease international pressure on food prices. Remember corn is primarily used worldwide as livestock feed. So corn is meat. Meat is corn. If you like meat, you'll support this bill, but also if you like other grains, the price of which is also tied to the fortunes of corn. This is what I propose for all U.S. citizen members of the Senate Floor. 1. Go to http://www.senate.gov, use the Find Your Senators menu at the top right of the page. Call your Senators' offices and express your support for Amendment 309 to S. 493, the "Ethanol subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act." You can also use the web form to submit an email. Note: if your senator is already a sponsor or co-sponsor of the bill, thank them for that. 2. Report the action you took here. 3. Then we can follow the bill and see if it goes anywhere. It won't, but still. Clearly, no Senator from Illinois would ever support this amendment. But still. Here's your chance to participate in a very small way toward a Quixotic endeavor - moving the U.S. toward a sensible national strategic energy policy.