Imagine that the trackside fuel we use has been locally generated from sustainable sources and that nearly all of the CO2 generated from burning it goes into producing it, thereby removing any global climate change arguments. Not only this, but every dollar of that fuel goes into supporting domestic jobs and industry. In addition, by integrating advanced technologies into the sport, efficiencies will be raised, more power realized, and a new field of fans that never would have considered the sport introduced.
In effect, rather than racing being seen as something wasteful and/or frivolous, it becomes the ultimate example that the country can look to as a leader in sound, sustainable, and progressive advancement. We can become the tail that wags the dog.
E85 will become more available in the United States and it is something domestically generated. In fact, there are many methods used to develop it. Currently, there is great promise in developing this fuel from cellulosic and waste materials, using biomass catalytic conversions, and, potentially, even algae-based methods, all of which do not impact or displace food sources, like corn-based E85. The well-to-wheels analysis of CO2 emissions from these sources shows enormous potential in reducing the global CO2 footprint (like a greater than 80 percent reduction compared to imported oil), which we intend to demonstrate as this CT project progresses.
Whether or not one believes that human-based carbon emissions result in global climate change is a moot point; the truth is that petroleum is not an indefinite supply, a huge amount of money is leaking from our economy to fuel our oil addiction, and the end of affordable oil may come sooner than later.
Since many in the global community firmly believe that global warming climate change is an issue, these issues can no longer be ignored and will have to be addressed. By transitioning to these renewable fuels, the racing community can take an enormous step to remove itself from this debate and be a beacon to others on how the eventual transition away from oil dependence can occur.
The winds of change are whistling not too far from our doors. Whether or not racing wishes to acknowledge this will not change its arrival. We have the unique opportunity to bypass this coming storm and become the benchmark from which the rest of our country may be set, all the while doing what we love.
• 2. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/international/reserves.html (world oil reserves) • 3. Beyond Fossil Fools: The Roadmap to Energy Independence by 2040, Shuster, Joseph.M., 2008. Pg. 23
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