Sanders calls out Warren Buffett over solar energy

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.) called on billionaire investor Warren Buffett to support the solar energy industry during a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada on Saturday.

Buffett, who is backing Sanders's Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE for president, is the owner of the largest energy utility company in Nevada, where the state's public utility commission recently issued a ruling that activists say has hampered the solar industry.
 
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"Warren Buffett is somebody who might be interested in hearing from constituents in Nevada. This is a terrible, terrible decision. The ruling went exactly the wrong way," Sanders said, according to a pool report of the event. 
 
"So you might want to be thinking about writing a letter with a few hundred thousand signatures on it saying 'you know what? what you're doing here in Nevada is exactly wrong."
 
Activists say that the ruling has effectively eliminated the return on investment for those using solar in their homes.
 
Sanders, an outspoken proponent of fighting climate change, called the use of alternative forms of energy a "moral responsibility."
 
"The decision by the public utility commission is exactly the wrong decision," he said. "We should be making it easier for people to move to sustainable energy like solar, not harder."

Sanders beat Clinton on Tuesday in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary.