Sunday, November 23, 2008

IRL Says No to American Ethanol - Yes to Brazil

In an almost unbelievable turn of events the Indy Racing League has decided that they will fuel all of their 2009 season cars with Brazilian ethanol. I have been to the Indy 500 race a few times and if there is any event that is truly American, it is the Indy 500. From Jim Neighbors singing "Back Home in Indiana", to the awesome lineup of American soldiers presenting the colors and the Stealth Jet flyover, nothing is more American than this race.

Bob Dinneen, President & CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, wrote a letter to the Indy Racing League asking them to reconsider their stance:

The decision to bypass the more than 180 ethanol biorefineries across our country in favor of a tanker ship from Sao Paulo to be the official supplier of fuel for the [Indy Racing League] is an affront to America’s farmers who have worked to enhance economic opportunities for rural communities and all Americans who have fought and are fighting for our energy independence […] At a time when the US economy is faltering and America is seeking to maximize ethanol use, your decision to engage Brazilian ethanol producers is even more perplexing.


mus302 said...

It is pretty disappointing. I can only guess that they went with the best deal but have to wonder whether or not it will cost them more in the long run. It suggests that they don't value the American market very much.

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