New Colorado Senator visits renewable energy lab |

New Colorado Senator visits renewable energy lab

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., left, steps out of a Mercedes-Benz A-Class powered by a hydrogen fuel cell along with Bobi Garrett, vice president of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, during the lawmaker's visit to the research facility in the west Denver suburb of Golden, Colo., on Monday, April 6, 2009. Bennet was on hand to see the efforts being made by the laboratory on renewable electricity research and development as well as alternative fuel efforts in motor vehicles. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

GOLDEN, Colorado ” Colorado Sen. Mike Bennet drove around the grounds of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Monday in style: First, a specially modified hybrid car, then a car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

It was Bennet’s first tour of the federal lab in Golden that is expected to play a key role in the Obama administration’s push for increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. Bennet was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in January to take over for fellow Democrat Ken Salazar, now the Interior secretary.

Bennet says he wanted to visit NREL early in his tenure because energy is an important issue in Colorado and nationally. Renewable energy is a major focus of the $787 billion federal stimulus bill.

Bennet, a former Denver public schools superintendent, also visited a Lakewood high school Monday and planned to meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tuesday in Denver.

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