BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Senator Angus King spoke on the topic of climate change in Bar Harbor Sunday.

The event was put on by the citizen-led initiative ‘A Climate To Thrive’ at the Mount Desert Island High School.

The group aims to make Mount Desert Island completely energy independent in just 15 years.

King — who serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee — said developing renewable energy here in Maine is not just crucial for the state's environment but its economy as well.

"We ought to agree on the facts. When we can do that then we can solve the problem, and I think we're getting somewhere. I think that resistance to say, ‘Oh, there's nothing really happening,’ is starting to diminish and then we can talk about starting to solve the problem, by the way, could result in the creation of a lot more jobs and a real boom in our economy," Sen. King said.

He also noted that climate change has been called one of the biggest national security concerns.

“I think the senator brings national and international perspective to what we’re doing here, and by his coming, I think he’s acknowledging that this local-based effort, grassroots efforts like this, are really going to be what makes the difference,” A Climate to Thrive chair Gary Friedmann said.

This was just one of a list of stops for Sen. King. He is set to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for Bar Harbor's community solar farm on Monday.