Hi Dean..I am always glad to share ideas with like-minded people. Not that I only like preaching to the choir, but I believe it's important to keep these dialogs going for the sake of keeping the dream alive, so to speak.
I've been fighting this dependence of ours for decades. My question has been the same for all these years, "Why are we NOT using industrial HEMP to produce ETHANOL"??? The answer, of course, is obvious: Big oil executives (many of them in this administration) who successfully lobby Congress to make sure that never happens.
The only conclusion I have been able to come to is that it must be too profitable (in the BIG picture) to keep this plant of the earth illegal. It's not just oil...it goes much deeper than that, I'm sure.
What can be done? Well, as you suggested in your profile information, we're doing it. If enough people begin to ask the same question, somebody will have to respond with an answer that makes sense. We must demand that this HEMP plant be restored to society, not only for ETHANOL, but for the myriad other medicinal and industrial uses that should be utilized for the good of the people.