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March 31, 2009

Dear Members of Congress and the Administration:

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we urge you to enact carbon policy on the scale and timeframe necessary to harness the enormous growth opportunities of a low carbon economy. Such legislation will swiftly create an explosion of American investment and innovation, creating millions of domestic jobs and providing an urgently needed catalyst for economic growth. We believe that this New Energy Economy will be the foundation for the next era of sustained American security and prosperity.
E2 represents a national community of 850 business leaders who promote strong environmental policy to grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors and professionals who collectively manage over $20 billion of venture capital and private equity, and have started well over 800 businesses which in turn have created over 400,000 jobs. We are committed to comprehensive climate and energy legislation as a means to bring about economic recovery while avoiding the systemic disruption threatened by global warming. 

The current recession has heightened the urgency to address U.S. dependence on unreliable fuel sources and unsustainable energy generation practices. A cap on carbon emissions enacted now will take several years to come in to force. In the intervening time, an anticipated price on carbon will drive significant early public and private investment in clean energy research, development and deployment. This will provide a solid base of cost effective alternatives to our current fossil-based energy system, buffering against energy price volatility when enforcement of the cap begins.  The cap-and-invest system will ensure continued long-term funding and investment for developing and deploying advanced clean energy technologies. If the United States is to regain our global economic leadership it will certainly be on a policy platform that promotes this new energy economy.  

In the absence of federal leadership on this issue American businesses continue to make long-term capital investments that commit the U.S. to petroleum-based fuels and other high-carbon energy sources, placing those companies at increasing regulatory peril, and exposing the U.S. to expanding geopolitical risk. Adding to our economic vulnerability, other nations are moving ahead of the U.S. in developing products and services that reduce carbon emissions. And the consequences to the U.S. of inaction go beyond losing our preeminence in global markets. In a recent NRDC report, researchers at Tufts University predicted that the costs associated with global warming could be as high as 1.36 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025 if current trends continue unabated.

To create long term stable financing for this new energy economy, E2 supports a federal climate policy framework that includes the following:
  • A Mandatory Long-term Declining Carbon Cap – A federal program should cap emissions of global warming pollutants at current levels within three years and steadily reduce emissions to 80 percent below current levels by 2050. This will deliver the emission reductions that scientists currently believe are necessary and will provide businesses with the certainty needed to make large capital investments in cleaner facilities and advanced technologies.
  • Economy-wide Coverage - At a minimum, a federal emissions cap should cover heat-trapping pollutants from all large stationary sources and the carbon content of transportation and heating fuels at the point of wholesale distribution.
  • Allowance Trading - Entities within capped sectors should be allowed to buy and sell allowances in order to encourage them to pursue all cost-effective strategies to reduce emissions.
  • Performance Standards and Targeted Incentives - Complementary energy policies should speed the use of efficiency, renewable energy, and key low carbon technologies in the power, vehicles and buildings sectors.
  • Limited Use of Offsets - The electric, industrial and transportation sectors account for more than 80 percent of current U.S. global warming pollution. Companies in these sectors should be incentivized to make reductions in their emissions rather than purchasing unlimited offsets in other sectors or countries. Any offsets provision in a carbon bill must adopt standards to ensure that reductions are real, surplus, verifiable and permanent.
We urge Congress and the Administration to take swift and strategic action to introduce mandatory carbon caps, re-deploy America’s workforce, encourage business innovation, and promote U.S. leadership in 21st century clean technologies.


Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Adam Albright (Oregon)
ARIA Foundation
Channing Arndt (Colorado)
Sr. Research Fellow, United Nations University
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
John Balbach (California)
Managing Director, CleanPath Ventures
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Shyamoli Banerjee (California)
Constance Barbour (Massachusetts)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Janine Bisharat (California)
Certified Public Accountant, Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP
Maureen Blanc (California)
Dayna Bochco (California)
President, Steven Bochco Productions
Steven Bochco (California)
Steven Bochco Productions
Hale Boggs (California)
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Gino Borland (Washington)
Partner, Cake Ventures, LLC
David Bowen (California)
George Brandt (California)
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Selcuk Cakir (Massachusetts)
Managing Partner, Ethos Capital
Peter Carson (California)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter LLP
Priscilla Carson (California)
John Cassidy (California)
Nancy Cassidy (California)
singer/songwriter, Twittertwatter Music
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
John Cheney (California)
CEO, Enera
David Cheng (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, ZenPayroll
Stacie Cheng (California)
Director of Business Strategy and Operations, Dell
Roger Choplin (California)
Proprietor / Owner, Our Earth Music, Inc.
Ajay Chopra (California)
Trinity Ventures
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
Deborah Cincotta (California)
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Ann Colley (New York)
Stephen Colwell (California)
Executive Director, Philanthropy Associates
Katie Connor (Colorado)
Program Coordinator, Professional Mentorship Program, Leeds Business School, University of Colorado, Boulder
Tim Connor (Colorado)
Partner, Sequel Venture Partners
Ann Cooper (California)
Lee Cooper (California)
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Joy Covey (Utah)
President, Beagle Foundation
Stephen Cowell (Massachusetts)
President, E4TheFuture (formerly CSG)
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Jean Davidson (California)
Managing Director, VantagePoint Venture Partners
John Dawson (California)
Co-founder, Zentek Technology
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Sally DeSipio (Oregon)
Creative consultant and climate activist, Self-employed
Antonio Diaz (California)
CEO, Grupo Lagza
Scott Dietzen (California)
Chairman, Pure Storage
Ann Doerr (California)
John Doerr (California)
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers
Eileen Donahoe (California)
Visiting Scholar, CISAC
Mark Donohue
Founding Partner, Expansion Capital Partners, LLC
Brian Dougherty (California)
CEO, AirSet Inc.
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Dave Edwards (California)
Chief Executive Officer, Koru
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Christina Erickson (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, WONDROS
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
John Esposito (Tennessee)
President and CEO, Warner/Electra/Atlantic
Marina Faelli (New York)
3-D Laboratory
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Paul Ferreri (California)
Co-Founder, Blossom Investment Management
Frances Fisher
Matthew Fisher
Nixon Peabody LLP
Christopher Fong (New York)
Analyst, Sigma Capital Management
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Chris Fowle (New York)
VP, Investor Initiatives, CDP
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Mike Freed (California)
Post Ranch Inn
Ivor Frischknecht
Investment Director, Starfish Ventures
Amy Fritz (California)
Founder, Fritz Design
Matthew Frome (California)
VP of Business Development, Linkage Biosciences, Inc.
Louise Fry (New Jersey)
Volunteer, ICCR
Andy Funk (California)
Managing Director, Funk Ventures
Kristi Funk (California)
Kristi, Pink Lotus Medical
Don Garman
Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley - Global Wealth Management
Mindy Garman
Clark Gates (Arizona)
General Partner, Craigmillar, LLC
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Reeta Gheewala (California)
Tushar Gheewala (California)
CEO & Chairman, Inventions Outsource
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Dan Goldman (Massachusetts)
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Clean Energy Venture Group
Diana Goldman (Massachusetts)
Founder, ICanPlanIt
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Nancy Goldsholl (California)
Lorena Gonda Kiralla (California)
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Lydia Graham (California)
David Groves (California)
Representative, Angeles Medical, Inc.
Garrett Gruener (California)
Co-Founder and Director, Alta Partners
Maurice Gunderson (California)
L.D. Gussin (Massachusetts)
Principal, Cleanmotive Strategies
Joseph Guth (California)
Senior Corporate Counsel, Novartis
Greg Hale (New York)
Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Energy & Finance, Office of the Governor of NY
Bob Hambrecht (California)
Partner, Allotrope Partners
Elissa Hambrecht (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
Jordan Harris (California)
Founder, OZOcar
Julie Harris (California)
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Hyman Hartman (Massachusetts)
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula Hawthorn, PhD (California)
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Alan Herzig (California)
Independent Director
James Higgins (California)
Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jill Tate Higgins (California)
General Partner, Lakeside Enterprises
Jerry Hinkle (California)
Northern California Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
Russ Holdstein (California)
Susan Holdstein (California)
Rick Holmstrom (California)
Partner & Vice Chairman, Menlo Equities
Colin Horowitz (California)
Robin Hruska (Washington)
Michele Hugin (California)
Jeni James Arndt (Colorado)
State Representative, CO Assembly
Nancy Jo (California)
Leigh Johnson (California)
Director of Programs, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
Roy Johnson (California)
Member Board of Trustees, TheatreWorks
Fred Julander (Colorado)
President, Julander Energy Company
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Anjali Kapur (Colorado)
Rajan Kapur (Colorado)
CEO, Larankelo
Holly Kaufman (California)
CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Robert Keith (Montana)
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Steven Kiralla (California)
Michele Kirsch (California)
Co-founder, Kirsch Foundation
Steve Kirsch (California)
CEO, Propel Accelerator
Bob Klausner (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Eric Kloor (Colorado)
CEO, MacroSystem US
Chip Koch (California)
Partner, Petrosus Energy
Andrea Kopald (California)
Larry Kopald (California)
President, Kopald/Stranger
Karen Krucik
Business Development Manager, Vision Developers
Susan Labandibar (Massachusetts)
President, Tech Networks of Boston
Gina Lambright (California)
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Jeff Lawrence (California)
Founder, President and CEO, Clivia Systems Inc.
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Tony Lent (New York)
Managing Director, Wolfensohn Fund Management
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Roger Liddell (New York)
Vice Chairman, Clear Harbor Asset Management, LLC
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Anna Lijphart (California)
East Bay Sanctuary
Tony Lijphart (California)
Director, User Experience, U Grok It
John Loewy (Colorado)
Polly Loewy (Colorado)
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Tracy Lyons (California)
Cathy MacDonald (Massachusetts)
Lou MacDonald (Massachusetts)
CFO, InfoMedics, Inc.
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Thomas Maddock, II (Pennsylvania)
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Joel Makower (California)
Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group
Madelyn Mallory (California)
President/CEO, Catalyst Financial Planning & Investment
Marguerite Manteau-Rao (California)
Entrepreneur, blogger
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
Christine Martin (California)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
Julia Massa (California)
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Patti McClung (California)
Scott McCreary (California)
Principal, Concur, Inc.
Jim McDermott (California)
Managing Partner, U.S. Renewables Group
J. Thomas McKinnon (Colorado)
Chief Technology Officer, Boulder ElectroRide, Inc
Jonathan Meltzer (Massachusetts)
President, MA Green Power
Lisa Mihaly (California)
Dan Miller (California)
Managing Director, The Roda Group
Rob Moir (Massachusetts)
President, Ocean River Institute
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Susan Moran (Colorado)
Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Allen Morgan (California)
Principal, Mayfield
Pamela Morgan (Oregon)
Graceful Systems
Catherine Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Jay Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Senior VP, AIG Property Casualty
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Gib Myers (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Susan Myers (California)
Wendy Neu (New York)
CEO, Hugo Neu Corporation
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Tim Newell (California)
Director of Financial Products, Tesla
David Noble (Ohio)
President, The Noble Foundation
Carrie Norton (California)
Founder & CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Rick Nowels (California)
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
David O'Leary (Maryland)
Angel Investor, Investor's Circle
Michael Brian Orr (Washington)
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Alex Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Chief Marketing Officer, Relias Learning
Jiali Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Jack Oswald (California)
CEO, SynGest Inc.
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Eric Park (Oregon)
Director, Ziba Design
Neela Patel (California)
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Matt Peak (Indiana)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Marina Pelosi (California)
Matthew Pelosi (California)
Advanced Equities, Inc.
Sam Perry (Massachusetts)
President, Ascendance Ventures
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Katie Povejsil (California)
Christopher Pribe (California)
Prad Rao (California)
Kate Ridgway (California)
Real Estate Professional
John Robbins (North Carolina)
President, Greathorn Properties, Inc.
Renée Robin (California)
Director of Permitting, UPP Americas, SunPower Corporation
Robert Rogan
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, eSolar
Jonathan Rose (New York)
President, Jonathan Rose Companies
Randy Rosenberg (California)
Curator, Natural World Museum
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Amy Roth (California)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Julie Rudick (California)
Stuart Rudick (California)
Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC
Kate Sandrini (California)
Amy Santullo (California)
California Clean Tech Open, Downtown College Prep Scholarship Committee
Michael Santullo (California)
Co-Founder and Board Member, California Clean Tech Open
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Peter Schwartz (California)
President, Peter Schwartz & Associates, LLC
Bill Scull (California)
Kris Seeman (California)
Robert Segal (California)
Segal Enterprises
Anneke Seley (California)
Carol Sethi (California)
Patient's Administration, Valley Medical Center, San Jose
Kuldip Sethi (California)
CEO, SV Greentech Corp.
Marita Seulamo-Vargas (California)
Journalist, Freelance
Cynthia Sexton (California)
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
Bob Shatten (Massachusetts)
Principal, Boreal Renewable Energy Development
JoAnn Shernoff (Colorado)
Former President, Institute for Ecolonomics
Ann Shulman (California)
President, Philanthropy Associates, Inc.
David Silverglide (California)
Co-Founder/CEO, Mixt Greens
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Jon Slangerup (California)
Chairman and CEO, American Global Logistics
Amy Slater (California)
Vice President of Sales, Palo Alto Networks
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Bob Sloan (New York)
Liz Sloan (New York)
Tom Soto (California)
Founder & Managing Partner, Frontier Impact Capital Management
June Stein (California)
Virtual Group, LLC
Lee Stein (California)
Chairman and CEO, Virtual Group, LLC
Kim Stevenson (Connecticut)
Eaton Industrial Controls
Marc Stolman (California)
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Tricia Stone (California)
Founder, Stone Communications
Kevin Surace (California)
CEO, PushToTest
Leslie Swallow (California)
Gary Swart (California)
General Partner & Investor, Polaris Partners
Kathy Swart (California)
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Mike Ubell (California)
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Chris Vargas (California)
Founder, Cleantech Circle LLC
Maria Vidal (California)
Cindy Walden (California)
Mark Walden (California)
COO, Data Robotics, Inc.
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Gene Wang (California)
CEO, PeoplePower
Mal Warwick (California)
Founder & Chairman, Mal Warwick Associates
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Samuel Weaver (Colorado)
President/CEO, Cool Energy, Inc.
Bill Weihl (California)
Principal, Weihl Consulting
Heidi Welch (California)
Haskell Werlin (Massachusetts)
Solar Project Developer, Solar Design Associates
Robert Wilder (California)
CEO, WilderShares, LLC
Diana Williams (California)
Cindy Winebaum (California)
Jake Winebaum (California)
Founder & CEO, Business.com, Inc.
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
Lisa Wood Richardson (New York)
Owner, BackStreets Inc.
Robert Wright (California)
Principal/CEO, Marketing Arts, Inc.
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

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