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Students Grill Gubernatorial Candidates, Report on Web

By the view Staff Article published April 30, 2002

Students in Richard Watts's class, ENVS 195: Politics and the Environment, have spent the spring semester researching and actively engaging in current environmental issues with candidates for governor and lieutenant governor of Vermont. The class has heard from Doug Racine, Anthony Pollina, Con Hogan, Peter Shumlin, Jim Douglas, Brian Dubie and Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle.

During each session the students questioned and pressed the candidates on current environmental issues in such areas as transportation, energy and stormwater. In many cases, say the students, they were first to hear where the candidates stood on certain issues.

As a result of the course, the students have created a Web site, Vermont Politics to educate voters in Vermont on positions these candidates addressed during their presentations. The site also provides information on environmental issues facing the state and invites visitors to vote for their candidate on the site.