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NASCAR Rant

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OK, so I'm not going to go on "NASCAR is dumb" rant (though, I have my opinions).

But I was thinking about it today and this may sound stupid, but do they use the same gas as a normal car? I'm under the assumption that they do, so that's where I'm coming from.

We are in a major crisis regarding oil and a fight for it. Constant struggle. Our gas prices are through the roof. People fear of global warming and are trying to improve our cars and their efficiency, along with ways to go green.

Which brings me to NASCAR. How is it possible that people don't make more of a deal that NASCAR is simply terrible for everything that we are struggling/fighting for. It involves many, many cars driving. That's all. Cars, that use gas and emit harmful gases to the environment, drive around in circles. Literally. For all the joy it brings to people, it seems that it's incredibly terrible for the earth.

I checked Wiki and saw that they came under some heat. So how does NASCAR respond?...

NASCAR responded by showing data that racing was far less consumptive of fuel than regular air travel, etc.

Are you serious NASCAR? You are justifying your sport by saying that it uses less fuel then regular air travel? Something that people need to use as a means of transportation and business for a better world. Something that without it, the world would be severely handicapped? Just outrageous.

Now I'm asking for a NASCAR fan to please stand up and prove me wrong, because honestly....I don't want to be right.

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I'm not a NASCAR fan by any means, I don't really even watch but maybe the last few laps if I'm bored and happen to catch it in the right spot. I do have to say that I think you're kind of off base here though calling NASCAR out specifically. Sports in general are massive consumers. Major League Baseball has a 162 game season where teams are known to go long stretches of time without playing more than 4 games in one location. All of the travel is presumably done by private jet (doubt we have any teams flying commercial or riding buses). The NBA and NHL do the same with 82 game seasons and 4 rounds of best of 7 playoff series. The NFL could easily regroup the divisions to get rid of dumb stuff like the Cowboys being in the NFC East and group all the NY teams in the same division and so on, but they won't because no one wants to lose the rivalry games. College basketball had two teams from Kentucky playing in the first round in Denver, CO. There are even HS teams that travel the country in order to play the best schedule they can.

We have to face the fact that sports in general are not environmentally friendly. It's magnified in NASCAR because you get to watch the cars drive around using 500 miles worth of gas, but you can believe just as much fuel is used on a daily basis in other pro sports. Just because we don't see the private jet burn all that fuel on the way back and forth from Dallas to Portland or LA to New Orleans, doesn't mean it's not happening.

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As long as taxpayer money is not used to fuel any of those cars, I do not think you really can complain much.

Plus, having them consume more gas, makes us find a REAL solution sooner, rather than later.

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