- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A group of Vermont’s legal, business and state officials has a plan to help the state’s economy while helping to lead the nation in the on-going effort to fight climate change.

The plan by the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council was released Tuesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

It calls for looking for ways to create jobs linked to adapting, mitigating, and reversing the effects of climate change.

The panel was created last year by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

One recommendation was to urge the Vermont Legislature to consider a carbon tax that would charge people more for the carbon-based energy they use, but the panel was divided on the proposal.

The ideas will be discussed at an energy summit scheduled for later this month in Randolph.

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