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Former Vermont Governor Takes On Climate, Reflects On Legacy

Peter Shumlin in photograph taken in 2014.
Photo courtesy Community College of Vermont / Creative Commons

Former Vermont Governor Pete Shumlin recently visited Wesleyan University to reflect on his career and discuss ways to combat climate change.

“What I’ve learned is talk more about the economic benefits than the environmental benefits,” Shumlin told students. “I hate to say it, but when we Wesleyan graduates talk about environmental benefits, to most of America, they say, ‘Well there they go again, those lefty wackos.'”

Shumlin graduated from Wesleyan in 1979 with a degree in  government.

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