MCSPC Director Presents at the Maine Climate Council

Director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Jonathan Rubin presented economic research he conducted alongside Adam Daigneault of the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine regarding Maine’s economy and climate change at the Maine Climate Council on Wednesday, January 29 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Their presentation discussed how climate change is expected to impact all sectors of Maine’s economy. Particular economic sectors of concern for Rubin and Daigneault were energy, transportation, tourism & recreation, agriculture, forest products, as well as marine fisheries & aquaculture. A PDF of their presentation is available below.

The Maine Climate Council consists of working groups to address climate change concerns in the state of Maine. The goals of the Maine Climate Council are to:

  • boldly reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • mitigate climate impacts on all sectors of the economy with special emphasis on transportation, electricity, and buildings sectors.
  • develop resilience strategies that make Maine’s people, industries, and communities resilient to the impacts of climate change
  • grow good paying jobs in the transition to a lower carbon economy and provide support and retraining for industries and workers most impacts by climate change
  • transition Maine’s rural, low-income, and elderly populations to a low-carbon economy with minimal adverse economic and social impacts including benefits such as lower heating bills.

For more information regarding the Maine Climate Council in general and Rubin’s talk in particular, see the links below.


Click to access the Maine Climate Council Website

Click to access the Maine Climate Council YouTube Channel

Click to download Rubin and Daigneault’s talk.