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June 30, 2011

Dear Mr. President:

As members of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), we urge you to set strong standards that deliver 60 miles per gallon in the next round of carbon pollution and fuel economy standards for new cars and light trucks. With gas prices rising, we must look to solutions that not only free us of our dependence on oil but also drive American economic growth and prosperity.  This strong standard will help to unleash American innovation to create new jobs, ensure energy security, and help secure America’s position as a leader in the global economy.

E2 represents a non-partisan, national community of 850 business leaders who promote strong environmental policy to grow the economy. We are entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from every sector of the economy who collectively have been involved in financing, creating or working in the early development of more than 1,100 companies, which have created over 500,000 jobs. Our members manage over $90 billion in private equity capital that will flow over the next several years into new companies.

Improving vehicle efficiency is the single biggest step the U.S. can take to revitalize our economy, protect our environment, save money at the gas pump, and enhance America's security by reducing our need for imported oil and technology.  History has shown setting strong standards work. The country's first fuel efficiency standards went into effect in 1978 as a response to the 1973-1974 OPEC oil embargo and those standards roughly doubled the fuel efficiency of new cars in the 10 years following the embargo. Today, the country is continuing that lesson by requiring automakers to build vehicles that average approximately 35 miles per gallon by 2016 and emit roughly 30 percent less global warming pollution. 

Because of these policies Americans are again leaders in clean energy innovation, but without consistent and sustained support for these strong policies investments and jobs could falter in the U.S. and seek more hospitable policy environments elsewhere.  Strengthening pollution and fuel economy standards for cars that deliver 60 miles per gallon by 2025 would serve as the strong signal the market needs to continue investing in America. 

Building and selling clean, fuel-efficient vehicles will encourage greater innovation and put America on the right path to a stronger economy, a safer climate, and less reliance on oil. Analysis by EPA, the Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board, shows that a fleet average of 60 mpg in 2025 is achievable and cost-effective for consumers, saving drivers $6,000 over a vehicle’s lifetime. Additionally this standard will cut America’s oil dependence by at least 44 billion gallons of fuel and prevent at least 465 million metric tons of heat trapping carbon pollution in the year 2030. Your administration should embrace the enormous benefits to the American economy from these oil savings.

We urge you to set strong standards that deliver 60 miles per gallon.


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
Brian Baird (Washington)
President, Antioch University
John Balbach (California)
Managing Director, CleanPath Ventures
Jay Baldwin (California)
Partner, Wind River Capital Partners, LLC
Frank Balluffi (New Jersey)
Vice President Application Security, Morgan Stanley
Dora Barlaz Hanft (New York)
Frederick Baron (California)
Partner, Cooley LLP
Kathy Baron (California)
Patricia Bauman (District of Columbia)
President, Bauman Foundation
Jeff Bennett (Colorado)
Founder, Big Kid Science
Lisa Bennett (Colorado)
Paul Berberian (Colorado)
Founder and Former CEO, Raindance Communications, Inc.
Renee Berberian (Colorado)
Laura Berland (California)
Tellus Strategic Consulting
Tony Bernhardt, PhD (California)
Northern California Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Aron Bernstein (Massachusetts)
Professor of Physics, MIT
Stuart Bernstein (California)
Founding Member, Sustainable Capital LLC
Larry Birenbaum (California)
Former SVP, Cisco Systems
Ann Bordetsky (California)
David Bowen (California)
Eric Bowen (California)
Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Legal Affairs, Renewable Energy Group
John Bryant (District of Columbia)
Reid Buckley (California)
Principal, Orion Renewable Energy Group
Barbara Brenner Buder (California)
Marisa Bueno (Montana)
Doctoral Student, Stanford University
Dianne Callan (Massachusetts)
Independent Legal Consulting, Green Tech Legal
Hamilton Candee (California)
Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP
Cynthia Cannady (California)
Principal and Founder, IP*SEVA
Bill Capp (Florida)
Founder, Grid Storage Consulting
Jacqueline Capp, DDS (Florida)
Owner, JHC Studio
Warner Chabot (California)
Executive Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Steve Chadima (California)
Senior Vice President, Communications & Director of California Initiatives, AEE Advanced Energy Economy
John Cheney (California)
CEO, Enera
Matt Cheney (California)
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Catalyze
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.
Deborah Cincotta (California)
Tom Cole (California)
CEO, Consuming, Inc.
Brooke Coleman (Washington)
Assistant Professor, Seattle University Law School
Ann Colley (New York)
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
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
Peter Danzig (California)
Lynne David (California)
John Dawson (California)
Co-founder, Zentek Technology
Sam Deaner (California)
Rick DeGolia (California)
Executive Chairman, Cimbal, Inc
Andrew Deitz (California)
CEO, Verdical
Michael Delapa (California)
DeLapa Consulting
Marco DeMiroz (California)
Managing Director, Selby Ventures
Chris Dennett (Oregon)
Senior Manager, North Highland Worldwide Consulting
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
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
Scott Elliott (Washington)
CEO, MountainLogic
Bob Epstein (California)
Co-Founder, Sybase, New Resource Bank, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rob Erlichman (California)
Founder & President, Sunlight Electric, LLC
Homeyra Eshaghi (California)
Graphic Designer, Khosh Design
Lynn Feintech (California)
Anne Feldhusen (California)
Consultant, Green Business Technology Marketing
Adrienne Fioretti (California)
Asst Portfolio Mgr, Encinal Partners
Steve Fioretti (California)
VP, CRM Product Strategy, Oracle Corporation
Kacey Fitzpatrick (California)
President, Avalon Enterprises Inc
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)
Amy Fritz (California)
Founder, Fritz Design
Louise Fry (New Jersey)
Volunteer, ICCR
Bonnie Gemmell (California)
CEO, Spicer Bags
Rob Gemmell (California)
Co-Founder, AlikeList
Devon George (New York)
President, DMV Capital Corp
Aaron Gershenberg (California)
Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank
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)
Randy Goldstein (California)
CEO, OptiSolar Holdings LLC.
Jon Gordon (Colorado)
Managing Partner, Sheer Velocity, LLC
Vicki Gordon (Colorado)
Peter Gorr (Illinois)
Tom Haggin (California)
Vicki Haggin (California)
Debbie Hall (California)
Chair of the Board, Village Enterprise Fund
Russell Hall (California)
Managing Director, Legacy Venture
Doug Hammer (California)
Senior Counsel, Shartsis Friese LLP
Noah Hanft (New York)
General Counsel, MasterCard
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
Sheryl Heckmann (California)
Events Coordinator, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
Alan Herzig (California)
Independent Director
Jerry Hinkle (California)
Northern California Regional Coordinator, Citizens Climate Lobby
Tim Hosking (New York)
Athos Advisors LLC
Tom Jacoby (California)
CEO, Tymphany Corporation
Wendy James (California)
President, Better World Group
Fred Julander (Colorado)
President, Julander Energy Company
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
Anjali Kapur (Colorado)
Rajan Kapur (Colorado)
CEO, Larankelo
Timothy David Karsten (California)
TDKA Group
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
Eric Kentor (California)
Stephanie Kiriakopolos (California)
Michele Kirsch (California)
Co-founder, Kirsch Foundation
Steve Kirsch (California)
CEO, Propel Accelerator
Karinna Kittles Karsten (California)
Bob Klausner (California)
Charly Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Lisa Kleissner (California)
Co-Founder, KL Felicitas Foundation
Charles Knowles (California)
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Network
Stephanie Knowles (California)
Felix Kramer (California)
Founder, Climate & Clean Energy Projects
Chip Krauskopf (California)
VP Business Development, Aditazz
H. William Kuni (California)
Principal, HWK Investments
Susan Labandibar (Massachusetts)
President, Tech Networks of Boston
Gina Lambright (California)
Managing Partner, TOZ Consulting
Sue Learned-Driscoll (California)
Administrator, Stanford University
Nicole Lederer (California)
Chair and Co-Founder, Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rebecca Lee (California)
Waidy Lee (California)
Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Grace Lee Park (Oregon)
Rochelle Lefkowitz (California)
President, Pro-Media Communications
Erik Levy (Massachusetts)
President, Save That Stuff, Inc.
Ross Levy (California)
Principal, Levy Art & Architecture Inc.
Cynthia Lewis (California)
Florence W. Liddell (New York)
Mark Liffmann (Washington)
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Clean Power Research
Tony Lijphart (California)
Director, User Experience, U Grok It
John Loewy (Colorado)
Paul Logan (New York)
Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle
Alison Long Poetsch (California)
Principal, SHR Investments
Steve MacKay (California)
Principal, Scourie Network Partners
Joe Madden (California)
Co-Founder & CEO, Xpansive Data
Andrew Magee (Massachusetts)
Senior Consultant, Epsilon Associates
Marguerite Manteau-Rao (California)
Entrepreneur, blogger
Ughetta Manzone (California)
Drew Maran (California)
President, Drew Maran Construction, Inc.
Ryan Martens (Colorado)
Founder, CTO & CSO, Rally Software Development
Wynn Martens (Colorado)
Outreach, University of Colorado
Christine Martin (California)
Clinical Nurse Specialist, San Francisco General Hospital
Dean Martucci (California)
Solar Sales Consultant, Sungevity
Debra Martucci (California)
CIO, Synopsys
James Marvin (Massachusetts)
Regional Manager, North America East & Canada, Expeditors International of Washington Inc.
Julia Massa (California)
Bonnie Matlock (California)
Tim McAdam (California)
Technology Crossover Ventures
Wendy McAdam (California)
Nancy McCarter-Zorner (California)
Plant Pathologist
Jim McDermott (California)
Managing Partner, U.S. Renewables Group
J. Thomas McKinnon (Colorado)
Chief Technology Officer, Boulder ElectroRide, Inc
Lisa Mihaly (California)
Daphne Miller (California)
Physician, Daphne Miller Family Practice
David Miller (Massachusetts)
Executive Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group
Karen Miller (Massachusetts)
President, Belly Shmooze
Kate Mitchell (California)
Co-Founder and Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Wes Mitchell (California)
Board Member, Foto Forum, SFMOMA
David Moir (Massachusetts)
President & CEO, Stoneywood Heights Development
Carol Moné (California)
Producer, Our Earth Productions
Liz Muller (California)
Principal, Liz Muller & Partners
Gib Myers (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund and Founder/board of the Entrepreneurs Foundation
Susan Myers (California)
Jim Nail (Massachusetts)
Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Armand Neukermans (California)
Founder, Xros
Eliane Neukermans (California)
Nadine North (California)
CEO, The North Point
Carrie Norton (California)
Founder & CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP
Tori Nourafchan (California)
Rachel Nugent (Washington)
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)
Jim Panttaja (California)
R&D Advisor, Conversa Health
Mary Panttaja (California)
Vice President, Product Management, RebelVox
Peter Papesch (Massachusetts)
Architect, Papesch Associates
Eric Park (Oregon)
Director, Ziba Design
Jen Parker (California)
CEO, Canopy Cards
Vic Parker (California)
Managing Director, Spectrum Equity
Mark Parnes (California)
Attorney, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Neela Patel (California)
Executive Director of Business Engagement, Seattle Genetics
Matt Peak (California)
Director of Clean Technologies, Prize Capital, LLC.
Ron Pernick (Oregon)
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Clean Edge
Ethan Podell (New York)
President, Babel Networks Limited
Jeff Poetsch (California)
Principal, JCP Advisors
Christopher Pribe (California)
Prad Rao (California)
James Rogers (California)
Senior Sustainability Manager, The North Face
Diana Rose (New York)
Garrison Institute
Jonathan Rose (New York)
President, Jonathan Rose Companies
David Rosenheim (California)
Executive Director, The Climate Registry
Jackie Rosenheim (California)
David Rosenstein (California)
President, Intex Solutions
Amy Roth (California)
Laurie Rothenberg (New York)
Tom Roush (New York)
Private Investor and Environmental Activist
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
Ella Saunders (Massachusetts)
Tedd Saunders (Massachusetts)
CSO, The Saunders Hotel Group
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
Lt Gen (ret) Noman Seip (Virginia)
Owner, NS Solutions, LLC
Anneke Seley (California)
Joel Serface (Colorado)
Managing Director, Catalyze
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
Reid Shane (California)
JoAnn Shernoff (Colorado)
Former President, Institute for Ecolonomics
David Silverglide (California)
Co-Founder/CEO, Mixt Greens
Barbara Simons (California)
Research Staff Member, Retired, IBM Research
Sandra Slater (California)
Owner, Sandra Slater Environments
Bob Sloan (New York)
Liz Sloan (New York)
Jennifer Solow (California)
June Stein (California)
Virtual Group, LLC
Lee Stein (California)
Chairman and CEO, Virtual Group, LLC
Marc Stolman (California)
Attorney, Stolman Law office, E2 Climate Project Leader
Scott Struthers (California)
Co-Founder, Sonance
Usha Sunkara (California)
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
Amanda Thorn (New York)
L. S. Thorne (Connecticut)
Mike Thorne (Connecticut)
Todd Thorner (California)
CEO / Founder, JTN Energy
Cariad Thronson (California)
CEO, Forefront Communications
Robert Thronson (California)
VP Business Development, Vigilent
Mike Ubell (California)
Roger Ullman (New York)
Executive Director, Linden Trust for Conservation
Bill Unger (California)
Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund
Thomas Van Dyck (California)
Senior Vice President, RBC Wealth Management
Mark Vander Ploeg (California)
Retired, Investment Banker
Chris Vargas (California)
Founder, Cleantech Circle LLC
Kirby Walker (California)
Independent film/video producer
Alex Wall (Oregon)
Privacy Counsel, Marketo, Inc.
Dorothy Weaver (New York)
Babel Networks Limited
Bill Weihl (California)
Director of Sustainability, Facebook
Dave Welch (California)
President, Infinera Corporation
Heidi Welch (California)
Clint Wilder (California)
Contributing Editor, Clean Edge
Robert Wilder (California)
CEO, WilderShares, LLC
Cindy Winebaum (California)
Jake Winebaum (California)
Founder & CEO, Business.com, Inc.
Trevor Winnie (Oregon)
Former Senior Research Analyst, Clean Edge
Andrew Winston (Connecticut)
Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Christine Winston (Connecticut)
Tonia Wisman (California)
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
Margaret Zankel (California)
Martin Zankel (California)
Emeritus Chairman, BartkoZankel
Brad Zenger (Oregon)
Founder & Managing Director, Pivotal Investments
Paul Zorner (California)
Locus Solutions

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