Shepard cites engineer background in campaign

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Republican U.S. House candidate Mark Shepard says his background as an engineer would help him find solutions to the nation’s energy and environmental problems.

Speaking at a news conference on the shores of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Shepard said the environment can only be improved when the economy prospers.

He would eliminate government subsidies for the oil industry as well as for alternative energy.

He favors nuclear power and opposes U.S. participation in the Kyoto treaty to reduce global warming.

Shepard is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House against Martha Rainville.

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