PORTLAND — A group of veterans who are focused on energy issues is bringing its national tour to Maine.

Veterans for American Power National Tour makes Portland its latest stop on its four-month tour today. The U.S. military veterans hope to highlight what they see as a connection between climate change and national security.

The veterans believe oil money funds terrorism around the world and say climate change creates terrorist safe havens as it destabilizes weak nations.

The tour was recently extended to 13 additional states as comprehensive climate and energy legislation gains momentum in Congress.

Over the course of the tour, the bus will travel to 27 states.

In Maine, a round-table discussion with local veterans and University of Southern Maine officials is planned.

The group will visit Augusta and Bangor on Tuesday.

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