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Ohio Events Highlight Link between National Security and Clean Energy



August 12, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The links between national security, energy independence, the economy and climate change will be discussed at events in northeast Ohio today. Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., and retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn will be among the leaders participating in discussions in Akron and Cleveland to focus on the benefits of accelerating the clean-energy economy.

Climate change, Warner says, can impact the nation by threatening energy supplies, damaging military bases, increasing food and water shortages and stressing the economy.

"In the four deployed areas, particularly Afghanistan, energy is just as important as ammunition. And a shortage of one results in the inefficient use of the other."

McGinn, who serves on the military advisory board for the Center for Naval Analysis, says there's great opportunity in Ohio to advance clean-energy technologies and boost job creation.

"This state is a very, very key leader - tremendous technology heritage, entrepreneurs, great infrastructure - and could really be a key part of leading America into the future of a clean-energy economy."

Ohio has always been on the cutting edge of technology, McGinn says, and today he and
Warner will talk with community leaders, elected officials and experts in clean-energy technology about ways the clean-energy industry can grow in Ohio.

"We have some significant challenges in America in terms of our current energy posture, however we've got great opportunities by being able to create larger companies, better jobs through clean energy technology."

Experts say Ohio's industrial infrastructure has the capacity to produce various clean-energy components including solar panels, wind turbines and batteries.

Clean-energy research conducted in Ohio, McGinn says, is simultaneously critical to energy independence, reducing carbon emissions and stimulating technology-driven industries in the state.

Warner and McGinn will tour the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron and then speak at the City Club of Cleveland.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH