The Appalachian Hills were full of moonshine stills making grain alcohol (also known as ethanol). The ethanol was for drinkin’, but the technology can be used today to make biofuel that will run a car. The article also looks at the recent past and one can take the situation in Brazil as a model for America to become energy independent. My favorite bit of information in the piece is about the various names used during the Great Depression for alcohol/gasoline blends: Agrol, Alcogas, Alcolene, Hi Ball, and Corn Alcohol Gasoline. Congrats to Homer Brickey and the Toledo Blade for this article.
[Source: Toledo Blade, Thanks to Joel A.]