On July 7-8, 2010, Partnership for a Secure America and CNA co-sponsored a series of public and private meetings and media events in Maine on the national security implications of climate change and America's energy posture. Maine, which has one of the nation's fastest growing wind energy markets and is a state with a long history of conservation, was the sixth stop on PSA's climate and energy outreach initiative.
In Portland, retired Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn of the CNA Military Advisory Board and PSA Executive Director Joy Drucker hosted a private luncheon, co-sponsored with the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, with 25 business leaders from the city and surrounding area. A more intimate dinner was held that evening with local business executives, state legislators, locally elected officials, and other community leaders. While in Bangor, PSA and CNA hosted a private luncheon with a group of business, political, and academic leaders. McGinn and Drucker discussed the threats climate change and energy dependence pose to U.S. national security economically, militarily, and diplomatically. McGinn and Drucker also had a chance to meet with the editorial boards of The Portland Press Herald and The Bangor Daily News, and were interviewed by several local media outlets.
Adm. McGinn also spoke at the University of Southern Maine before a group of financial leaders about the economic benefits of moving toward a clean and more sustainable energy economy. McGinn stressed the benefits of creating market certainty from oil price stabilization and placing a "price on carbon." The discussion, co-hosted by Clean Economy Network, Ceres, New England Clean Energy Council, and the Maine State Housing Authority, was covered by The Maine Public Broadcasting Network.