- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is heading to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, and is drawing fire from a leading Vermont Republican for doing so.

Shumlin leaves Sunday on a trip he says is aimed at letting him highlight Vermont’s progress in reducing carbon emissions and promoting renewable energy.

Vermont Republican Party Chairman David Sunderland says Shumlin doesn’t need to go, and could save money and energy by attending meetings by videoconference. He’s written to the governor asking about the carbon footprint of the trip, who is paying for it and who is accompanying the governor.

Shumlin spokesman Scott Coriell says the French government has plans to offset the carbon emissions caused by the conference. He also chides Republicans for their skepticism about climate change.

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