Governor Peter Shumlin has announced the appointment of a special "climate cabinet."
This cabinet would be responsible for developing strategies to reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.
Shumlin says he believes the heavy snow storms and flooding of recent years are tied to climate disruption, and that the state needs to manage the threats and impacts.
He says the state needs to be concerned about the financial impact of flooding.
The Climate Cabinet will be chaired by Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. It will also include top officials from several other state agencies and departments.