Lincoln Promotes Bio-Diesel Programs

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.

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