No one would mistake a bunch of ethanol advocates for the folks at Second City, but we give the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) credit for injecting a little humor into their political statements.

In this case, the two groups are using the annual Biofuels Beltway March in Washington, DC, to throw what's being billed as a 100th birthday party for oil subsidies, according to DomesticFuel. The groups will take pains to point out that, while the three-decade ethanol subsidy was cut off at the end of 2011, oil subsidies have been enacted continuously since 1913. Monte Shaw, executive director of IRFA, told Domestic Fuel, "So little old ethanol somehow manages to get by without it but the 100 year old oil industry, the most profitable industry in the history of the world, still needs that taxpayer crush [sic] to get by at least that's the way they tell it." Plug-in vehicle advocates, that's your window to make a point about imbalance as well.

The "Century of Subsidies" party will take place Thursday afternoon and will even feature a birthday cake from Baltimore's Charm City Cakes, of "Ace of Cakes" fame. Yes, that's one of their designs above.

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