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Yates sounds off on the environment, education, obesity and gambling

Going green isn't a catchphrase Robert Yates takes lightly. Yates says NASCAR can -- should -- play a leading role in our attempt to become more environmentally friendly ... one engine at a time.

Updated: November 30, 2007, 9:58 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- "Going green" is auto racing jargon for the start of an event, the ceremonious moment a waving green flag signals to the drivers and fans that the race is on. Recently retired Nextel Cup owner Robert Yates is ready for NASCAR to go a different sort of green -- the environmentally sensitive variety.

"I get very depressed when I look at the future of our country, and I don't think it has to be that way," Yates said. "I think the things we could do can improve ...

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