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February 9, 2010

United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator:

We, the members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), representatives of the American business community, write to urge the Senate to pass comprehensive carbon and clean energy legislation without delay to safeguard America’s economic standing in the global economy. A mandatory cap on carbon emissions is the most strategic policy to create immediate and long term jobs and economic growth, and secure a robust export market for the United States. 

A carbon cap, along with complementary policy that promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, will help to address our economic, energy, and climate challenges simultaneously.  If the Senate fails to demonstrate leadership on this issue now, the U.S. will suffer long term economic consequences including a loss of competitiveness in low carbon renewable energy, the largest emerging global market.

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. Our members have started well over 800 businesses which in turn have created over 400,000 jobs. E2’s business leaders work in every sector of the American economy. Whether directly involved in the clean energy industry or in other industry areas, E2 members recognize the benefits to their own businesses and to the American economy as a whole of a forward looking carbon and energy policy.

Without a comprehensive policy to promote clean technologies, we put America’s innovators and entrepreneurs at a disadvantage. A carbon cap program will send a clear price signal, spurring major investment in energy efficient and low-carbon technologies, fostering innovation and upgrades, creating jobs and lowering our dependence on foreign energy sources.

Our competitors in the global economy, including China, India, Spain, and Germany have committed unequivocally to increasing their leadership in clean energy. We are rapidly losing market share domestically and internationally in renewable energy technologies that were first developed in the U.S. with American research dollars. For example, China is already the world’s leading manufacturer of solar panels and wind turbines, with plans by their government to spend half a trillion dollars over the next ten years on renewable energy.

Five years ago, E2 campaigned to “level the playing field” among domestic energy sources within the U.S. It has swiftly become clear that we must now enact policies to level the playing field for American energy products in the global economy. To do this the U.S. must place a price on carbon as a critical market signal to our nation’s entrepreneurs. This must be done through comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. Otherwise, we will soon find ourselves as dependent on foreign clean energy products as we are now on foreign oil.

We urge all the members of the Senate to work with Senators Kerry, Lieberman and Graham to pass carbon legislation now.

Sincerely,

Curtis Abbott (California)
CEO, Lucesco Lighting Inc
Maryvonne Abbott (California)
Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Bill Acevedo (California)
Attorney, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Christopher Arndt (Colorado)
Private Investor & Author
Patty Arndt (Colorado)
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Frank Balluffi (New Jersey)
Vice President Application Security, Morgan Stanley
Constance Barbour (Massachusetts)
Kathy Barry (California)
Private Healthcare Pracitioner
Ed Beardsworth (California)
Principal, Energy Technology Advisors
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Fiona Bensen (California)
Paul Berberian (Colorado)
Founder and Former CEO, Raindance Communications, Inc.
Renee Berberian (Colorado)
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Maureen Blanc (California)
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
Hale Boggs (California)
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Ann Bordetsky (California)
COO, Rival
David Bowen (California)
Consultant
Eliza Brown (California)
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Bob Burnett (California)
Retired, Cisco Systems
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
Charlie Campbell (California)
Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services Inc.
Jamie Campbell (California)
President, Investment Marketing Inc.
Bill Capp (Florida)
Founder, Grid Storage Consulting
Jacqueline Capp, DDS (Florida)
Owner, JHC Studio
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.
Diane Christensen (California)
President, Manzanita Management Corp
Barry Cinnamon (California)
Solar and Renewable Energy Strategist
Tom Cole (California)
Venture Partner, TransLink Capital
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Stephen Colwell (California)
Executive Director, Philanthropy Associates
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
Ann Cooper (California)
Lee Cooper (California)
Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Joy Covey (Utah)
President, Beagle Foundation
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
Lynne David (California)
Jayne Davis (California)
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
John Dawson (California)
Co-founder, Zentek Technology
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Anne Delehunt (California)
Marketing Consultant, Delehunt-Ricketts
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Heather Dennett (Oregon)
Kaiser Permanente
Harry Dennis (California)
Peggy Dennis (California)
Reid Dennis (California)
Managing Director, Institutional Venture Partners
Susan Dennis (California)
Fine Arts Advisor
Sally DeSipio (Oregon)
Creative consultant and climate activist, Self-employed
Barry Dicker (Kansas)
President, Decent Energy, Inc.
Scott Dietzen (California)
Chairman, Pure Storage
Michael Dowling (Colorado)
Commissioner, Colorado Oil and Gas Commission
Elizabeth Dreicer (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, KUITY Corp.
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
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Karen Francis (California)
CEO, Academix Direct, Inc
Tod Francis (California)
Founding Partner, Shasta Ventures
Nell Freudenberger (New York)
Author
Rona Fried (New York)
President, SustainableBusiness.com
Matthew Frome (California)
VP of Business Development, Linkage Biosciences, Inc.
Louise Fry (New Jersey)
Volunteer, ICCR
Diane Garrett (California)
Todd Garrett (California)
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Addwater Marketing, Addwater Marketing
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
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)
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Garrett Gruener (California)
Co-Founder and Director, Alta Partners
Joseph Guth (California)
Senior Corporate Counsel, Novartis
Bob Hambrecht (California)
Partner, Allotrope Partners
Elissa Hambrecht (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
Susan Herrschaft (California)
Operations Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers
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.
Eric Hudson (Massachusetts)
Founder & CEO, Preserve
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Charlene Kabcenell (California)
Former Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Jerome Kalur (Montana)
Attorney at Law
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Robert Keith (Montana)
Principal, Beartooth Capital Partners
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Marie Kent (Oregon)
Office Manager, The Oregon Service Center
Eric Kentor (California)
Stephanie Kiriakopolos (California)
Bob Klausner (California)
Retired
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Charles Knowles (California)
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
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
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Frank Levinson (Indiana)
Founder/Managing Director, Small World Group, PTE LTD
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
John Loewy (Colorado)
Attorney
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Alison Long Poetsch (California)
Principal, SHR Investments
Tracy Lyons (California)
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Marguerite Manteau-Rao (California)
Entrepreneur, blogger
David Marcus (Massachusetts)
CEO, General Compression
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)
Tim McAdam (California)
Technology Crossover Ventures
Wendy McAdam (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Bill McClure (California)
Attorney/Partner, Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel LLP
Christina McClure (California)
Curator, TEDxYouth @ Mid Peninsula
John McGarry (Washington)
Investor
Dan Miller (California)
Managing Director, The Roda Group
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Andrew Moon (New York)
Co-Founder and CEO, SunFarmer
David Moyar (New York)
President & CEO, MEI Hotels Inc.
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Emilie Munger Ogden (California)
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
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Kathy Nyrop (California)
Consultant
Anne O'Grady (California)
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
Doug Ogden (California)
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management
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)
Matt Peak (Indiana)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Jean Pierret (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Jeff Poetsch (California)
Principal, JCP Advisors
Christopher Pribe (California)
Michael Rand (Massachusetts)
Prad Rao (California)
Investor
Zeb Rice (California)
Partner, Angeleno Group
Grant Ricketts (California)
CEO and Co-Founder, Tripos Software, Inc.
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
Rick Rosenthal (California)
Amy Roth (California)
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Julie Rudick (California)
Stuart Rudick (California)
Partner, Mindful Investors, LLC
Amy Santullo (California)
California Clean Tech Open, Downtown College Prep Scholarship Committee
Michael Santullo (California)
Co-Founder and Board Member, California Clean Tech Open
Eric Schmidt (California)
Executive Chairman, Google
Wendy Schmidt (California)
Founder, The 11th Hour Project
Bette Schuster (California)
Stu Schuster (California)
Novus Ventures
David Schwartz (California)
James Schwartz (Connecticut)
Vice President, Independence Solar
Paul B. Scott (California)
Vice President, Advanced Technologies, Transportation Power Inc
Anneke Seley (California)
CEO, ALIO Inc.
Joel Serface (Colorado)
Managing Director, Catalyze
Marita Seulamo-Vargas (California)
Journalist, Freelance
Cynthia Sexton (California)
Tim Sexton (California)
Principal, Make Good Group
Laura Shenkar (California)
Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Steve Shoap (Massachusetts)
inventor
Ann Shulman (California)
President, Philanthropy Associates, Inc.
Steve Silberstein (California)
Co-Founder, Innovative Interfaces Inc.
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
Jennifer Solow (California)
Author
June Stein (California)
Virtual Group, LLC
Lee Stein (California)
Chairman and CEO, Virtual Group, LLC
Nancy Stephens (California)
Marc Stolman (California)
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Ed Supplee (California)
Former CFO, UTStarcom
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Surace (California)
CEO, PushToTest
Gary Swart (California)
General Partner & Investor, Polaris Partners
Kathy Swart (California)
Jim Sweeney (Massachusetts)
President, Sustainable New Energy
Sven Thesen (California)
Communication & Technology, Better Place
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
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
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Chris Vargas (California)
Founder, Cleantech Circle LLC
Aino Vieira da Rosa (California)
Architect, Aino Maria Vieira Da Rosa, AIA
Cindy Walden (California)
Mark Walden (California)
COO, Data Robotics, Inc.
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Nina Walton (California)
Economist, UCLA
Gene Wang (California)
CEO, PeoplePower
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Nick Wechsler (California)
Nick Wechsler Productions
Stephanie Wechsler (California)
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
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Alexa Willson (New York)
Managing Director, Private Client Advisor, U.S.Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
David Willson (New York)
President, Stanbridge Capital
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
George Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Founder and Director Emeritus, The Woods Hole Research Center
Katharine Woodwell (Massachusetts)
Retired Administrator
John Woolard (California)
Carroll Yandell (California)
George Yandell (California)
Director of Real Estate, Nature Conservancy
Mary M. Yang (California)
Former Biotech Co-Founder & President
Daniel Yost (California)
Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Stephanie Yulga Deitz (California)
Head of Lower School, Marin Country Day School
Rosamund Zander (Massachusetts)
Chairman, Independent Design Center for the Environment
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

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