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Vt. politicians renew call to fight climate change

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Sen. Ginny Lyons Sen. Ginny Lyons
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Vermont politicians are sounding a renewed call to action to fight climate change.

The group says political leaders and businesses need to work together creating solutions, not only to help the environment, but also to spur economic growth, creating what they call a "clean climate economy."

Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden County, says the renewed focus is sparked by President Obama's speech on climate change last month at Georgetown University, where he called for reducing greenhouse emissions and using more renewable energy.

"Of course we want to stem the tide of carbon sourced fuels, but we're also looking at a need to adapt and we're looking at the economic impact and influence that climate change is having on our state," Lyons said.

The group is also pointing to the extreme weather of late as a piece of the climate change puzzle.

Climate specialists with the EPA point out that precipitation is expected to increase 20-30 percent in Vermont while days that hit 90 degrees will rise, as well.

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