It has come to my attention that ethanol plants have been springing up across America lately. And just for the record, I feel like sounding off about it. ...I am ranting here please don't take it seriously... I noticed new plants being built about a year and a half ago, even before we left Texas. I think this is a trend that will change the way Americans live in the 21 century. Assuming the developers got it right, I have a hunch that they did. If they build a plant near you, watch out because the distilling process requires a lot of clean water. Demand for Illinois corn for Feed, Export, and Ethanol has sky rocketed this Fall, and probably will continue to go much higher. (Do we have any speculators in the house?) Orion Samulson has not seen a Fall corn market like this during his 46 years of covering the Midwest corn market. (The Pluckers sold their farm too soon!) I find this rapid build-up of distilleries, which are intended to make money and save the nation from its dependence on expensive oil from the middle-east quite ironic and somewhat humorous... especially when I consider the absolute failure of Prohibition, the stories of the rural Moonshiners (which brought us Nascar racing), and the profitability of the U.S. alcohol industry in general, and all the terrible trouble alcohol has caused people since before the time of Christ. The next thing you know we'll be trading with Vietnam! So now that the dollars are apparently right...The Midwest farmer will partner with the brew-master to save the day for America for the next few hundred years! But FEAR NOT...I will wager that there will still be plenty of Budweiser available so that the State Corrections Department, the Hospitals, the Undertaker, and the Politician continue to "earn" a comfortable living. But don't you DARE smoke any of that wacky tobacky...especially in Texas -where they will put you away (at taxpayers expense) for many years. The big winner in all this will be the atmosphere. It has to be a good thing if we don't release all the burnt fossil fuels. But please don't blame Exxon for trying to make a few bucks.