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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NASCAR turns green so fans turn off!

This is it for me. I've watched Nascar move from 'stock car' racing where you had to be able to buy the car from the showroom in order to race it on the track to the ‘COT’ carbon copy fiberglass/sheet metal shells that circle tracks now.

I just don't think it's worth it anymore. Nascar buying into the green fraud is the last straw for me! I can find something better to do with my time and money.

And let me say this to Tony Stewart, No you haven’t crashed enough. You may get a kick out of watching yourself going round and round and round on a race track but, while you see that as breathtaking the rest of us sees it as boring!

It’s not that the wrecks keep the fans tuned in dude, it’s that they cause the restarts where everyone gets bunched back up and we can actually see some side by side racing. Keep looking in the mirror Tony.

EPA-NASCAR green deal covers everything--but racing!

Odd couple. NASCAR and the EPA are teaming to promote green products. Here, NASCAR champion Tony Stewart meets with President Obama at the White House. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

President Obama’s eco-friendly EPA inked a green partnership deal with high-octane NASCAR Monday to promote recycling and environmentally-friendly products to the sport’s millions of fans.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, NASCAR will encourage fans to buy “sustainable concessions” at races, expand the use of “safer chemical products,” conserve water, reduce waste, promote recycling, push products approved by the EPA that have a small enviro footprint and encourage suppliers to get an “E3 tuneup” aimed at promoting sustainable manufacturing.

Missing: any talk of greening races or race cars that consume about two million gallons of gas a year and average five miles per gallon.

“Yes,
the focus is on suppliers and programs, not green cars,” said an EPA spokesman.

Instead, it’s a first step to get fans and suppliers to think green while favorites like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart lay down some rubber.

“Because NASCAR is followed by millions of passionate fans and many businesses, it can be a powerful platform to raise environmental awareness, drive the adoption of safer products by more Americans, and support the growing green economy,” said Jim Jones, EPA’s acting assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

The agreement “is a great example of NASCAR’s commitment to green innovation and our role as a leader in sustainability,” said Steve Phelps, Chief Marketing Officer of NASCAR.

Probably the furthest sport from the green movement, NASCAR for the past four years has nonetheless pushed an environmentally-friendly agenda in unusual ways. They even have a manager of “green innovation,” Michael Lynch.

In a white paper issued last month, NASCAR reports that they will plant 10 trees every time the green flag is raised, which they claim will capture “100 percent of the emissions produced” in races. They also have largest recycling program in sports and last year starting using E15 fuel.

“This partnership will provide new resources that will allow our industry to create innovative environmental education and awareness platforms while continuing to build on our strong momentum in reducing the environmental impact of our sport,” said NASCAR’s Lynch.

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