answer in a word: Profits In two words: Oil profits In a few more words: Mutual corportate aid for profits in oil and big cars. Now my turn to ask the question: Why must Joe American pay more in taxes (for corn subsides to the big agriculture firms like privately owned Cargill, world's largest family company.*) more than twice as much for car fuel than tropical alcohol, and more for his food than necessary? Oh No! - That is too easy as it has almost the same answers your question does. (Difference is GWB set up the corn to alcohol program to gain greater base of very rich campaign supporters.) ------------------- *I learned that years ago, when I realized the billions they were getting from the tax payers** - I.e. to get a small piece of the action, I tried to buy stock in Cargill. - It does not exist. I am "pissed off" at Cargill so always buy Bunge's oil prodiucts, but in the interest of "full disclosure" I admit I do own stock in Bunge, which was originally a Brazilian company and still gets large part of its profits from Brazil's farms - sell fertailzer to them etc. also. ** They also make alcohol and collect the special per gallon subsidy on that too.