On the July 12 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, during a discussion of the development of ethanol-fueled vehicles in Brazil, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly stated that "they still have people in Brazil running around with their little darts, hitting you in the head with the poisoned darts, with the loincloths." O'Reilly then added, "After they hit you with the poisoned dart, OK, they get into their ethanol vehicle and drive back into the Amazon to do whatever they do there. Eat tapioca, whatever."
From the July 12 edition of The Radio Factor:
O'REILLY: I'm not smart enough to grasp this. And I've asked my friend Mary Anne Marsh , who is my Harvard classmate and very brilliant woman up at Boston, to come in. And she's going to try to help me out, because I need help, I need help. All right? One of my things is I am a big environmentalist. I am a green. OK? I am out there, and I want the cleanest environment possible. I want the government to oversee it. I want the polluters to be punished. I want ethanol. I want fuel cells. I want nuclear. I want all of the energy that doesn't have to do with coal and oil. That's what I want. Does everybody understand what I want?
E.D. HILL (co-host): Um-hmm.
O'REILLY: Then why don't I have it? Thank you. See that, again, is no impulse control. I yell, I scream, I jump. You know, I mean, it's true. What they say about me, it's true. So we don't have any of that, and that's what I don't understand -- why we don't have it. Why Brazil? Brazil, with big anacondas, piranhas, alright, chaos in every city --
HILL: Small bathing suits.
O'REILLY: All, they have ethanol for all of their automobiles. Brazil. I mean, they still have people in Brazil running around with their little darts, hitting you in the head with the poisoned darts, with the loincloths. They still have 'em down there. And they're driving an ethanol vehicle. After they hit you with the poisoned dart, OK, they get into their ethanol vehicle and drive back into the Amazon to do whatever they do there. Eat tapioca, whatever.
But we can't have it here. We don't have it. What we have is oil that we have to pay $3.33 a gallon for. And where does that money go? It goes to Hugo Chavez, OK, who's sitting there in Venezuela figuring out how he can have crooked elections, funding communist insurgencies throughout Central and South America. It goes to oil sheikhs who are sitting there giving it to Al Qaeda so they can blow up babies in India, as they did today.