Brian Deese tells it like it is on climate change and energy

                Brian Deese knows climate change, conservation, and energy policies. I found his recent speech in Portland to be fascinating.

The event was sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters, and is the place I received the Harrison Richardson Environmental Leadership Award. It was a big crowd, nearly 500 people, and Brian was the keynote speaker.

Brian was President Barack Obama’s senior advisor on climate, conservation, and energy policies. His speech was both inspiring and educational.

“More than at any time in history, we have reason to be optimistic,” he told us. In India, new solar power projects are underbidding new coal plants. Car manufacturers in both China and Europe aim to have their fleets off fossil fuels in the next decade.

“The next country that harnesses the power of renewable energy will be the next superpower,” he said.

Please take a moment to read this article on Brian’s speech, which was printed in the Working Waterfront, the newsletter of the Island Institute. You can access that column here.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.