Renewable Energy

The Senate tried again Tuesday to consider legislation to promote renewable energy, but Republican senators staged yet another filibuster to block consideration of the measure. The $55.5 billion bill would extend or revive dozens of tax incentives, including ones to promote renewable fuel sources like wind and solar power. The vote to end the debate was 52 to 44, eight short of the 60 needed. Renewable energy also was the subject of a Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesda

The Senate tried again Tuesday to consider legislation to promote renewable energy, but Republican senators staged yet another filibuster to block consideration of the measure. The $55.5 billion bill would extend or revive dozens of tax incentives, including ones to promote renewable fuel sources like wind and solar power. The vote to end the debate was 52 to 44, eight short of the 60 needed. Renewable energy also was the subject of a Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Sanders, a member of the energy committee, questioned T. Boone Pickens, the Texan who made a fortune in oil but is now promoting wind as an alterative source of energy. The Dallas Morning News recently reported that Pickens plans to order more than 600 wind turbines for his Texas wind project -- the world's largest wind farm. He told Sanders that energy can be generated from pollution-free wind at roughly the same cost as coal.

To watch Sanders discuss energy issues with Pickens and Rich Halvey of the Western Governors' Association, click here.