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Reports recommends emissions reductions, economic growth

August 2, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A new report is recommending ways Vermont can decrease greenhouse gas emissions while also encouraging economic growth.

The report was released Tuesday from the Climate Action Commission appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott. Vermont Public Radio reports the recommendations include new incentives to grow the use of electric vehicles, expanding efforts to weatherize homes and to increase land conservation.

By 2030, Vermont has committed to cutting emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels. The report notes emissions rose 10 percent from 2014 through 2015.

Commission chair Peter Walke says the state has laid the groundwork to reduce emissions by using more renewable energy for electricity. Walke says the state can now move to electrify transportation and heating energy to help reverse the emissions trend.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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