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January 15, 2010

Dear Senator:

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we urge you to oppose Senator Murkowski’s amendment to the debt limit bill (H.J.Res. 45). This amendment would diminish incentives to the private sector to invest in low carbon technologies, retarding much needed economic growth and job creation in the clean energy sector.

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. 

The Clean Air Act is an example of how sensible policy can benefit both our environment and our economy.  While improving air quality in our cities, reducing acid rain, and protecting the ozone layer, the law has also driven innovation in pollution control and industrial efficiency, minimizing cost to business. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the health benefits of the Clean Air Act outweigh the costs by as much as a 40:1 ratio ("Acid Rain Benefits Exceed Expectations” Environmental Protection Agency, April 14, 2009, http://www.epa.gov/airmarkets/cap-trade/docs/benefits.pdf).

In 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that global warming pollutants are covered under the Clean Air Act, and President Obama is carrying out the law by issuing clean vehicle standards and taking steps to ensure that large polluters use the best-available technology to reduce their global warming pollution.  EPA is already working to ensure that these rules apply only to major emitters.
 
The growing clean energy sector represents our greatest opportunity to restore a robust economy and create new jobs. Investors and entrepreneurs in this sector are seeking to commercialize the innovations and technologies that will secure America’s competitive position in the global economy. The Murkowski amendment sends the wrong market signal at the wrong time, undermining investor confidence in this critical industry.

Instead of blocking the administration’s efforts to curb carbon pollution, the Senate should enact strong climate and energy legislation to deploy America’s workforce, encourage business innovation, and promote U.S. leadership in 21st century clean technologies. We urge you to oppose Senator Murkowski’s amendment.

Sincerely,

Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
George Bailey (Connecticut)
IBM
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Constance Barbour (Massachusetts)
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Paul Berberian (Colorado)
Founder and Former CEO, Raindance Communications, Inc.
Renee Berberian (Colorado)
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Suzanne Biegel (California)
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Maureen Blanc (California)
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
David Bowen (California)
Consultant
George Brandt (California)
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Jane Byrd (California)
Acting Director, Living Labs
Charlie Campbell (California)
Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Jamie Campbell (California)
President, Investment Marketing Inc.
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Bill Capp (Florida)
Founder, Grid Storage Consulting
Jacqueline Capp, DDS (Florida)
Owner, JHC Studio
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.
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Daniel Conners (California)
Senior V.P. Financial Advisor, UBS
Katie Connor (Colorado)
Program Coordinator, Professional Mentorship Program, Leeds Business School, University of Colorado, Boulder
Tim Connor (Colorado)
Partner, Sequel Venture Partners
Joy Covey (Utah)
President, Beagle Foundation
Jeff Crystal (New York)
COO, Voltaic Systems
Catherine Crystal Foster (California)
Jane Cuddehe (New York)
Broker Associate, Coldwell Banker Devonshire
Michael Cuddehe (New York)
Principal, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
Paul Danielsen (California)
VP Business Development, MMA Renewable Ventures
Peter Danzig (California)
Investor
Lynne David (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Marco DeMiroz (California)
Managing Director, Selby Ventures
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Harry Dennis (California)
Peggy Dennis (California)
Reid Dennis (California)
Managing Director, Institutional Venture Partners
Susan Dennis (California)
Fine Arts Advisor
John DeSantis (Massachusetts)
Founder and President, Civic Capital Group, LLC
Sally DeSipio (Oregon)
Creative consultant and climate activist, Self-employed
Barry Dicker (Kansas)
President, Decent Energy, Inc.
Nathan Diemer (California)
Founder and Executive Vice President, DreamHammer, Inc.
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Marina Faelli (New York)
3-D Laboratory
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Noel Fenton (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Sally Fenton (California)
Adrienne Fioretti (California)
Asst Portfolio Mgr, Encinal Partners
Steve Fioretti (California)
VP, CRM Product Strategy, Oracle Corporation
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Gil Friend (California)
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto
Matthew Frome (California)
VP of Business Development, Linkage Biosciences, Inc.
Louise Fry (New Jersey)
Volunteer, ICCR
Lisa Gansky (California)
Entrepreneur & Speaker, Digital Tapas
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
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)
L.D. Gussin (Massachusetts)
Principal, Cleanmotive Strategies
Joseph Guth (California)
Senior Corporate Counsel, Novartis
Tom Haggin (California)
Retired
Vicki Haggin (California)
Bob Hambrecht (California)
Partner, Allotrope Partners
Elissa Hambrecht (California)
John Harper (Massachusetts)
Principal, Birch Tree Capital, LLC
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
James P. Healy, Jr. (New York)
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
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
Katie Hoffner (Colorado)
VP Marketing/Strategic Alliances, Prieto Battery, Inc.
Russ Holdstein (California)
Susan Holdstein (California)
Chris Hollenbeck (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Smule, Inc.
Holly Hollenbeck (California)
Michele Hugin (California)
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Nancy Jo (California)
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
Van Katzman (Washington)
Principal, Ascent Law Partners LLP
Holly Kaufman (California)
CEO, Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Robert Keith (Montana)
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Frannie Kieschnick (California)
Founding Director, Beatitudes Society
Michael Kieschnick (California)
President, Working Assets
Steven Kiralla (California)
Michele Kirsch (California)
Co-founder, Kirsch Foundation
Steve Kirsch (California)
CEO, Propel Accelerator
Bob Klausner (California)
Retired
Charles Knowles (California)
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Chip Koch (California)
Partner, Petrosus Energy
Stephen Koch (California)
Principal, Resource Real Estate Group, Inc.
Andrea Kopald (California)
Larry Kopald (California)
President, Kopald/Stranger
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
Gina Lambright (California)
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Michelle Lapinski (District of Columbia)
Founding Principal, SustainBiz
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Noelle Leca (California)
Vice Chair, Chair-Elect, NCPB, Inc.
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Tony Lent (New York)
Managing Director, Wolfensohn Fund Management
Craig Lewis (California)
Founding Principal, RightCycle & CLEAN Coalition
Shannon Lewis (California)
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Donna Liu (California)
Former policy analyst, NRDC
John Loewy (Colorado)
Attorney
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
Daniel Maskit (California)
Technical Director, Digital Domain
Julia Massa (California)
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Jim (James) Mattioda (California)
Founder, Arcana Herbal & Nutritional Pharmacy
Patti McClung (California)
Lisa Mihaly (California)
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Michael Moradzadeh (California)
Commodore, Corinthian Yacht Club
Garrett Moran (Connecticut)
Allen Morgan (California)
Principal, Mayfield
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
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)
Carrie Norton (California)
Founder & CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP
Rita Norton (California)
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Rick Nowels (California)
Kathy Nyrop (California)
Consultant
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Larry Orr (California)
General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Alex Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Chief Marketing Officer, Relias Learning
Jiali Osadzinski (North Carolina)
Jack Oswald (California)
CEO, SynGest Inc.
Lyn Oswald (California)
Eric Park (Oregon)
Director, Ziba Design
Mark Parnes (California)
Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matt Peak (Indiana)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Mary Penniman (Connecticut)
Susan Pieper Bailey (Connecticut)
SG Partners, Inc.
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Katie Povejsil (California)
Christopher Pribe (California)
Michael Rand (Massachusetts)
Jenny Robb (Ohio)
Assistant Professor/Associate Curator, Ohio State Univ. Cartoon Research Library
John Robbins (North Carolina)
President, Greathorn Properties, Inc.
Robert Rogan
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, eSolar
David Rosenheim (California)
Founder and CEO, JobsWithImpact
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Amy Roth (California)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Julie Rudick (California)
Stuart Rudick (California)
Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC
Will Sarni (Colorado)
Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte Consulting
Wendy Schmidt (California)
Founder, The 11th Hour Project
David Schwartz (California)
David Schwartz (California)
President, COO, PIX System
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Bill Scull (California)
Robert Segal (California)
Segal Enterprises
Anneke Seley (California)
CEO, ALIO Inc.
Deena Semler (Oregon)
Gregg Semler (Oregon)
Lucid Energy
Joel Serface (Colorado)
Managing Director, Catalyze
Marita Seulamo-Vargas (California)
Journalist, Freelance
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
JoAnn Shernoff (Colorado)
Former President, Institute for Ecolonomics
Steve Silberstein (California)
Co-Founder, Innovative Interfaces 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
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Jennifer Solow (California)
Author
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
Tricia Stone (California)
Founder, Stone Communications
Scott Struthers (California)
Co-Founder, Sonance
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Surace (California)
CEO, PushToTest
Leslie Swallow (California)
Lava Thomas (California)
Sue Thompson (Colorado)
Investor, Indigena, LLC
Laney Thornton (California)
The Laney and Pasha Thornton Foundation
Pasha Thornton (California)
Flashpoint
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Marketing & Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Marketing & Business Development, Vigilent
Christopher Tilley (California)
CEO, SunLink Corporation
Sharon Tilley (California)
Director of Product Management, Fair Isaac & Co
Mike Ubell (California)
Architect
Roger Ullman (New York)
Executive Director, Linden Trust for Conservation
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Kathleen Unger (California)
Of Counsel, Freeman, Freeman & Smiley
Stephen Unger (California)
Managing Director, KSMU, LLC
Valerie Vance (Montana)
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
Bill Weihl (California)
Principal, Weihl Consulting
Jeff Weinberger (California)
Principal, DS3 Consulting
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Amanda Weitman (California)
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Bank
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Haskell Werlin (Massachusetts)
Solar Project Developer, Solar Design Associates
Cindy Winebaum (California)
Jake Winebaum (California)
Founder & CEO, Business.com, Inc.
Tonia Wisman (California)
Adam Wolfensohn (New York)
Managing Director, Wolfensohn Fund Management, L.P.
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Rosamund Zander (Massachusetts)
Chairman, Independent Design Center for the Environment
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel

271 members

 


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