Nashville Auto-Diesel College (NADC) hosted U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee for a roundtable discussion on biodiesel on May 22. NADC, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is one of the newest members of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. Panelists for the event included soybean producers, clean energy organizations, fuel providers, and members of the college.
The roundtable attendees discussed the potential for biodiesel to help lessen the country’s dependence on foreign oil, the role Tennessee could play in that effort, and how the fuel could affect farm incomes. Senator Alexander, who is chairman of the Senate’s Energy Committee, said he wanted to gather information on Tennessee biodiesel production for when he returned to Washington for hearings on alternative energy solutions.
“I care a lot about the environment, but I’ve noticed that sometimes the environment, when it’s all by itself, doesn’t come up very high on the list of public concern. We have an opportunity to clean the air, stabilize the cost of gasoline, and put money in the pockets of Tennessee farmers,” commented Senator Alexander on the importance of biodiesel.
Approximately 1,600 students attend NADC, which was recognized as an NAFTC member school in February. NADC Vice President of Education Doug Fox said that the college is adding new courses based on NAFTC curricula to train students on alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles.