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March 31, 2015

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
 
Dear Mr. President,
 
As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)[i], we recognize that carbon pollution is creating economic and environmental disruptions, that strong climate policies will create jobs, and that U.S. leadership is essential to secure aggressive action by other countries. Therefore, we write in support of your proposal to commit the U.S. to further reduce its emissions by up to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 as a part of the new international agreement to be adopted this December.
 
Your Administration has finalized or begun to implement a number of measures to reduce America’s emissions that are driving climate change. These are important efforts to meet the U.S. commitment to cut emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Continued robust action on carbon pollution standards from power plants, oil and gas methane, and super-potent heat trapping HFCs will be critical.
 
The commitment to further cut U.S. emissions by 2025 will send an even stronger market signal than existing policies can do alone. It will build upon these current efforts and help drive even more innovation, job creation, and pollution reduction. We have seen first-hand the ability of  robust U.S. policies to spur clean energy deployment. Although clean energy is still an emerging energy sector, representing only 6 percent of generation, it is a strong economic growth sector. Including all clean energy sectors, the U.S. has an estimated 3.4 million clean jobs as of 2013 – a number which is steadily growing.[ii]  In the last two years E2 has tracked nearly 700 clean energy and clean transportation project announcements that could create more than 233,000 jobs when completed.[iii] Well-designed additional measures will capitalize on these existing investments in clean energy and support new investments that create more opportunities to unleash America’s clean energy economy. 
 
The innovations we develop domestically will also help American entrepreneurs export to the expanding international market for clean energy - a multi-trillion dollar opportunity. U.S. manufacturers can be the leading global suppliers of cleaner cars, cleaner fuels, cleaner power, and technologies that improve industrial, power plant and building efficiency.
 
Our actions at home also send a powerful signal abroad by helping spur action in other countries, helping to create the necessary global action and stimulating new clean energy markets throughout the world. The recent joint announcement between the U.S. and China demonstrates that when the U.S. shows it is prepared to act at home it can help secure strong commitments in other major emitters. As the world’s strongest economy, America can and must lead in this arena.  
 
For all of these reasons, we strongly support your goals to cut U.S. emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. We are ready to work with you to ensure this plan works for our communities to protect them from the risks of climate change while providing new economic opportunities and helping spur global action.
 
Sincerely,
 
 

Dan Abrams (California)
President/CEO, Wynkoop Properties
Clifford Adams (New York)
Managing Director, Coady Diemar Partners
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Frederick Baron (California)
Partner, Cooley LLP
Caroline E. Bassett (New York)
Director, Bassett Media Relations, LLC
Mark Bauhaus (California)
Partner, Just Business
Elizabeth Bekiroglu (Washington)
Associate General Counsel, Seattle Genetics, Inc.
Dave Belote (Virginia)
Managing Partner & CEO, DARE Strategies LLC
Fiona Bensen (California)
Laura Berland (California)
Greenlots - electric vehicle charging
Eric Berman (Washington)
President and Co-Chair, E8 Angels
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Maureen Blanc (California)
Director, CHARGE ACROSS TOWN
Barbara Blumenthal (New Jersey)
President, Blumenthal Consulting LLC
Julie Blunden (Colorado)
VP Bus Dev, EVgo
Bill Boyk (Oregon)
CEO/Founder, GyroVolts by Ameristar Solar, LLC
Tim Brummels (California)
CEO/President, Prenexus Health, LLC
Reid Buckley (California)
Partner, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Peter Carson (California)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Hampton & Richter LLP
Pete Cartwright (California)
CEO, Avalon Ecopower
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
Michael Cuddehe (New York)
Principal, Strategic Global Advisors, LLC
Andrew Currie (Colorado)
Investor, Active Minds LLC
Mary Ann Cusenza (California)
Independent Consultant for high tech and cleantech companies
Vincent Cushing (Illinois)
President & CTO, QCoefficient, Inc.
Peter Davis (California)
Retired Attorney
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Director of Strategy and Integration, The Tofurky Company
Ted Driscoll (California)
Partner, Digital Healthcare Lead, Claremont Creek Ventures
Tim Dwight (Iowa)
Business Development, Integrated Power Corporation
Scott Elliott (Washington)
CEO, MountainLogic
Niko Elmaleh (New York)
Vice President, World-Wide Holdings Corp.
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
David Fischer (Massachusetts)
Partner, Gold Hill Capital
Steve Flick (Missouri)
Principal, Environmental Ecologist, Flick Seed Company
Nancy Floyd (California)
Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
Jon Foster (California)
Chief Financial Officer, Zoox
Chris Fowle (New York)
VP, Investor Initiatives, CDP
Nell Freudenberger (New York)
Author
Rona Fried (New York)
President, SustainableBusiness.com
Guillaume Gauthereau (New York)
Founder and Chairman, Sequoia Lab
Nancy Gail Goebner (California)
Owner, Gardenpeach Place
Mitchell Golden (New York)
Principal, Jun Group
Susan Goldhor (Massachusetts)
Biologist, C.A.R.S.
Ken Goldsholl (California)
CEO, x.o.ware, Inc.
Wes Goldstein (California)
Senior Partner, Hobbs & Towne, Inc.
Stewart Greenfield (Connecticut)
Chairman, Alternative Investment Group
Eric Grunebaum (Massachusetts)
Principal, Cambridge Energy Advisors
Tom Haggin (California)
Retired
Berl Hartman (Massachusetts)
E2 New England Chapter Director, Hartman Consulting
Carol Hazenfield (California)
Communications Coach
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Mark Heising (California)
Managing Director, Medley Partners
Ward Hendon (New York)
Business Advisor, Independent Consultant
Mitch Hescox (Pennsylvania)
President and CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network
Shiela Hingorani (California)
First Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Jerry Hinkle (California)
Northern California Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
David Hitchcock (Virginia)
Wendy James (California)
President, Better World Group
Delayne Johnson (Iowa)
CEO & Founding Board Member, Quad County Corn Processors
Nicholas Josefowitz (California)
Executive Director, Leadership For A Clean Economy
Derry Kabcenell (California)
Former Executive Vice President, Oracle Corporation
Jerome Kalur (Montana)
Attorney at Law
Ron Kamen (New York)
Founder, EarthKind Energy
Christopher Kaneb (Massachusetts)
Principal, Catamount Management Corporation
Arthur Keller (California)
Managing Partner, Minerva Consulting
Will Kenworthy (Illinois)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder & Investor, KL Felicitas Foundation
Stephen Koch (California)
Principal, Resource Real Estate Group, Inc.
David Kolsrud (South Dakota)
President, DAK Renewable Energy
Philip Korsant (Florida)
Managing Member, Korsant Partners
Felix Kramer (California)
Founder, Climate & Clean Energy Projects
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
Pete Krull (North Carolina)
CEO & Director of Investments, Earth Equity Advisors, LLC
DC Kuhns (Delaware)
CEO, Executive Director, Founder, EDEN Delmarva
Susan Labandibar (Massachusetts)
President, Tech Networks of Boston
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Waidy Lee (California)
Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sam Leichman (California)
Co-Founder, LivingPlug
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, Rally Software Development
James Marvin (Massachusetts)
Regional Manager, North America East & Canada, Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
Andy Mendelsohn (California)
Executive Vice President, Database Server Technologies, Oracle
Dan Miller (California)
Managing Director, The Roda Group
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
John Montgomery (California)
President, Lex Ultima
Jay Morrow (Pennsylvania)
Senior VP, AIG Property Casualty
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Susan Nedell (Colorado)
E2 Rocky Mountains Advocate
Carl Nettleton (California)
President, Nettleton Strategies LLC
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Al Nierenberg (Massachusetts)
President, Evergreen Consulting & Training
Standish O'Grady (California)
Managing Director, Granite Ventures, LLC
David O'Leary (Maryland)
Angel Investor, Investor's Circle
Doug Ogden (California)
CEO, North Ridge Investment Management
Michael Brian Orr (Washington)
Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems
Lyn Oswald (California)
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Vic Parker (California)
Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
Neela Patel (California)
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Rebecca Patton (California)
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Christopher Pribe (California)
Emily Rice (Iowa)
Business Development Director, The Energy Group
Kate Ridgway (California)
Real Estate Professional
Jamila Rockette (Colorado)
Consultant
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Jacqueline Royce (Massachusetts)
Independent Scholar
Michael Rucker (Colorado)
CEO, Scout Clean Energy
Paul Salinger (California)
VP, Marketing, Oracle
John Santoleri (New York)
Partner, StoneWork Capital
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
David Schwartz (California)
Kathleen Scutchfield (California)
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Laura Shenkar (California)
Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
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
Bryce Smith (Washington)
Level Ten Energy
Greg Smith (Ohio)
President, Energy Optimizers
Peter Sullivan (California)
Founder, Clear Light Ventures
Sally Supplee (California)
Former Chief Financial Officer
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
John Tourtelotte (Massachusetts)
Managing Director, Rivermoor Energy
Mike Ubell (California)
Architect
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Thomas Van Dyck (California)
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Bill Weihl (California)
Principal, Weihl Consulting
Jeffrey Weiss (Rhode Island)
Member, Clean Energy Venture Group
Eric Wepsic (New York)
Managing Director, D. E. Shaw & Co.
Bonni Widdoes (Massachusetts)
President, Gladden House
Erik Wohlgemuth (Oregon)
COO, Future 500
Gary Wolff (California)
Founder, 3E Engineering
Ion Yadigaroglu (California)
Managing Partner, Capricorn Investment Group
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
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

150 members

 

 

[i] E2 is a nonpartisan, national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policies that grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in the financing, founding or development of more than 1,700 companies that have created more than 570,000 jobs. Our members manage billions of dollars in venture and private equity capital that will flow over the next several years into new companies.
[ii]  “Employment in Green Goods and Services – 2011,” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2013.http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ggqcew.pdf

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