E85 PumpIn a remarkable vote earlier this week, the U.S. Senate voted to end ethanol subsidies which total about $6 billion each year. It's great progress to see our lawmakers finally bringing some pragmatic fiscal and environmental common sense to the rag tag elements of transport energy policy.

While it's not surprising that the normally electric vehicle-hating Wall Street Journal praises the vote in their editorial today as "An Ethanol Miracle," I was surprised to see the Journal's career advice to the army of ethanol lobbyists: update your resumes and send them to EV companies.

Are we seeing the beginnings of a change toward EVs at the Journal, or are they just lining up their next target for a cleaner shot? Regardless of motivation, the vote this week sends an important signal to all the players in the alternative fuels industry – whether they're pushing molecules or electrons as the energy source of the future.

By focusing the transport debate on near-term choices that really can help diversify our energy security (i.e. natural gas and electrics) and insisting that the environmental and financial facts can withstand scrutiny, sometimes even the Wall Street Journal and AutoblogGreen readers end up on the same page.

[Source: Wall Street Journal | Image: diaper – C.C. License 2.0]