How to get out of a big mistake -- like the push for corn-based ethanol -- without admitting to the mistake: Why, that was just Phase One, and now we're moving on to Phase Two.
And they're also not talking about replacement so much as supplementing: using switchgrass or wood waste products, for example, along with corn.
Still, the conversation — including an energy forum Sunday — has big implications. The nation has 134 ethanol plants in 26 states with 77 more under construction or expanding, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, a trade group for the ethanol industry.
This year's corn crop, expected to be a record, is worth about $52 billion.
Guess even governors are educable. You dip into one necessity to help you with another necessity, you're asking for trouble.