Hawaii's grand ethanol experiment has come to naught. It is time to pull the plug.
Mandating the use of ethanol as a transportation fuel, as the state has done since April 1, 2006, was supposed to revive the local sugar industry — ethanol is an alcohol-based fuel that can be made from sugar or corn — and reduce energy imports.
Optimists predicted the creation of 700 jobs and the investment of more than $100 million to build ethanol-production plants in the state, spurred on by generous tax credits.
Nearly 10 years out, it's clear that has not and will not occur.