- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin is headed to Paris where he will speak of Vermont’s effort to reduce the effects of climate change.

Next week, Shumlin and Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz are scheduled to attend the conference that has drawn heads of state, including President Barack Obama, politicians, scientists and activists from across the globe.

Shumlin said he’s going to talk at the conference about the state’s efforts to develop regional solutions to climate change.

“I am proud to join leaders from around the world who are serious about climate action and working towards regional, national, and global agreements that will curb the devastating effects of global warming,” Shumlin said in a statement.

In 2011 Vermont committed itself to getting 90 percent of the energy used in the state, including transportation, from renewable resources by 2050. Since Shumlin took office in 2011, the amount of electricity from solar projects has increased by 10 times and wind energy 20 times.

He said those efforts are good for the economy, supporting thousands of jobs.

Shumlin has also signed on behalf of the state a number of regional and international agreements highlighting the urgency of combatting climate and the need for the states to work together on the issue.

Among the discussions Shumlin is scheduled to participate in while in Paris is a general assembly of “sub-national government leaders” from states and regions of countries across the globe, and a discussion of regional climate commitments and low-carbon economy opportunities.

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