Vermont GOP gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott clarified his position on climate change at a debate with his opponent earlier this week.

“I actually believe, myself, that climate change is real and it’s man-made,” he said, adding “I don’t want to get lost in arguing what the cause is.”

These comments contrast to what he wrote in a forum in July when he expressed the cause of climate change “is a combination of man-made contributions as well as a natural phenomenon.”

Scott supports the current Administration’s goal of shifting Vermont’s energy portfolio to 90 percent renewable sources by 2050, though his approach to getting there differs. Scott has indicated a preference for focusing on solar over wind energy, which he fears could divide the state over turbine siting issues.