NASCAR Fans Support Ethanol, Reach Out to EPA

John Davis

RFS-NASCARNASCAR fans are serving as an important source for support of ethanol and letting the Obama Administration know their displeasure over the government’s proposal on how much of the green fuel is to be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says racing fans have seen for themselves just how well E15 performs and hundreds of them attending races in St. Louis and Michigan took time to send comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asking it to reverse its decision to reduce the use of corn ethanol.

“We make ethanol here, so it has many benefits, such as lower fuel costs for consumers, job creation, and of course cleaner air — which is why NASCAR changed to E15 American Ethanol,” said Jon Holzfaster, a farmer from Paxton, Neb. “So, it is very encouraging to see the fans engage and try to make sure the current Renewable Fuel Standard remains in place.”

Several hundred fans sent post cards messages to expressing their concern should the country drift away from its commitment to renewable, environmentally superior biofuels.

With the opening of the public comment period regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 4 billion gallons, the National Corn Growers Association is also urging farmers and their family and friends to email their opposition to this proposal as soon as possible, before the July 27 deadline.

“One of the major goals of the American Ethanol program is to raise general public awareness of all higher blends of ethanol have to offer and it’s working,” Holzfaster said. “NASCAR fans have become more knowledgeable and supportive, so it makes perfect sense to give them a way to join farmers and show their support.”

NCGA has this link to make it easier for supporters of the RFS to let their thoughts be known to the EPA.