AUGUST 27, 2004 - Posted at 2:46 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln is touting biodiesel fuel as a way to protect the environment and lessen America's dependence on foreign oil.
The Democrat from Arkansas attended a meeting today in Little Rock on a study done for Winrock International on biodiesel fuel.
Lincoln says she wonders why more people aren't developing, marketing and using the renewable energy source.
Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning fuel that can be produced from any fat or vegetable oil. It contains no petroleum, but can be mixed with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend.
The main users of biodiesel include farm and forestry equipment and commercial fleets, like buses and transport trucks.
Lincoln says she envisions a biotech corridor through Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. She promised to look into ways to insert incentives into different pieces of federal legislation to promote the fuel.