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Environment / Sustainability

National security and America's energy future

February 17, 2012

Colorado State's energy policy center, Center for the New Energy Economy, is co-hosting an event with U.S. Representative Cory Gardner. Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Dennis McGinn; Royal Navy Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti; Director of CSU's Center for the New Energy Economy Bill Ritter; and Mike Bennett, district director of staff for Colorado U.S. Representative Cory Gardner, will speak on the topic of national security and America's energy future.

Monday, February 27
5:30-7 p.m.
Plant Sciences Building
Room C101

CSU’s Center for the New Energy Economy cordially invites you to join us for a forum on Monday, February 27 on "National Security & America's Energy Future" with former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter as moderator. Panel members include:

  • Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn (USN – ret.)
  • Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti (ret.)
  • Mike Bennett, district director of staff for Colorado Representative Cory Gardner

The topic is the impact of America's energy choices on our national security policies and the security risks that go hand-in-hand with our nation's over-reliance on fossil fuels.

Admiral McGinn

Admiral McGinn, Vice Chair of CNA's Military Advisory Board, is President of the American Council on Renewable Energy. In his role as president of ACORE, he has been actively engaged in efforts at the national level to highlight the close link between energy, climate, and national security.

"He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the national and economic security implications of climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels, highlighting the need for action on clean energy. He is a widely recognized energy and national security expert, who has interviewed with major news networks and national journalists." ~  

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti

Rear Admiral Neil Morisetti is the UK Climate and Energy Security Envoy. In a 2011 podcast from the American Museum of Natural History, Morisetti spoke about climate change and global conflicts, noting that climate change "will act as a 'threat multiplier' in the regions that are already experiencing multiple stresses."  

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Watch the event live

To watch this event live on Monday Feb 27, go to from 5:35-7 p.m. MT.  The 1.5 hour panel discussion will be available for viewing within one week after the event from the Center’s website.

Contact: Maury Dobbie
Phone: (970) 491-3788