Speaking of alternative fuels...
The plot ever thickens: now more ethanol = less beer?
From the Financial Times:
Blow for beer as biofuels clean out barley
"Jean-François van Boxmeer, chief executive of Heineken the Dutch brewer, warned last week that the expansion of the biofuel sector was beginning to cause a 'structural shift' in European and US agricultural markets.
"One consequence, he said, could be a long-term shift upwards in the price of beer. Barley and hops account for about 7-8 per cent of brewing costs."
That's right, increased demand for biofuel crops means less barley, which means higher beer prices. (It's not fair--I don't ever buy gas!) My advice: start hoarding six-packs of your favorite microbrews. Call it "collecting" and build a fancy rack if your wine snob friends object. Just a thought.