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About the only thing “green” about biofuels is the billions of dollars taken from taxpayers and consumers and funneled to politicians, who dole out cash to friendly constituents. They, in turn, return some of it as campaign contributions to get the pols re-elected, perpetuating the gravy train.

While both Democrats and Republicans have trouble saying no to ethanol, some are beginning to question their parties’ steadfast support for policies that promote renewable energy over oil and gas. The EPA’s recent reduction in its biofuels target represents a welcome concession to common sense.

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death” (Merril Press, 2012).