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April 30, 2011
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-The Convergence of Economic, Environmental and National Security
-DC Delegates Tackle NOP, Catch Limits, and Oil Spills
-Big Progress on Fishery Management and Energy
-Rocky Moutains meets with Rep. Coffman, Rep. Tipton, Rep. DeGette and TJ Deora
-What Happens to the Natural Resources When the Ice Melts?
Alex Wall and Trevor Winnier excited to join E2
-San Diego Chapter Welcomes Sarah Mueller
-Advocacy Area News from April and March TeleSalon (Recording)
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  L to R: Dave Rosenheim (E2), Christine Luong (E2), Jack Oswald (E2), Rep. Henry Waxman (D - CA), Gordon Davidson (E2), Bill Capp (E2), Jim Presswood (NRDC). Click to enlarge image.
On April 12-14 the E2 DC delegation, led by E2 Co-Founder, Nicole Lederer, arrived in Washington just days after a total government shutdown had been averted literally at the final hour. With Congress barely able to negotiate a budget to keep the government in business, our objective was to seek new allies to reinforce an agenda that promises economic growth and jobs for every region of the country – a winning proposition regardless of the prevailing politics. In a highly partisan environment and amidst aggressive attacks against environmental regulation, our strategy was to de-politicize and advance an agenda for better resource management and efficiency as the path to greater economic, environmental and national security.

Dave Rosenheim (Pacifica, CA)"Being a neophyte when it comes to federal advocacy, I found the E2 trip was an invaluable experience which gave me access to the highest levels of government alongside an inspiring group of co-delegates."
In addition to our meetings with Congress and Administration offices, the E2 team traveled to the Pentagon, where we introduced ourselves to a new and powerful force pushing for low-carbon renewable energy and energy efficiency: the Department of Defense.


Big Stick in the Energy Fight

In October 2009, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus gave a landmark speech outlining a new Navy mandate to reduce energy use through efficiency and replace fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy. The Navy objectives are aggressive: half of all Navy bases will reach net zero energy consumption by 2020, and at least half of all energy the Navy uses both ashore and afloat will come from non-fossil-fuel sources by the same year. Secretary Mabus articulated a Department of Defense position that few in Congress or anywhere else will dare challenge: that both our current fossil fuel energy platform and the impacts of global warming are serious national security liabilities.

Laura Berland-Shane (Santa Monica, CA)"E2 is a well-respected and potent transformational force. All of our meetings were received with eager requests for specific information on job creation as related to clean energy and transportation policies, and there is a hunger for such anecdotal evidence. It's clear that a message from real business people with concrete economic evidence can help drive policy. Our staff is incredibly well connected and prepared, and I was astonished (and exhausted) to see that our schedule included 20 meetings in a day and a half. It was an effective use of our very busy members' time, as it incorporated a cardio workout (about a mile of speedwalking per day) in addition to the meetings. Next year, I may consider (reluctantly) more 'sensible' shoes."
E2 conducted five meetings at the Pentagon with every branch of the military and with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where we learned about more mandates similar to those announced by the Navy that are in place throughout the Armed Services. By setting these objectives, not only is the military defining new national security standards for energy – they are also creating a de facto market for the whole spectrum of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that will be needed to achieve those objectives – a key signal for the clean technology industry to move forward.

In the military, these issues are seen through an operational lens. For example, the Air Force is the DOD’s largest consumer of liquid fuel, and is therefore most focused on renewable drop-in replacement fuels for aircraft. The Army, with the largest bases and installations, is also the largest energy consumer – and is therefore focused particularly on energy efficiency. The Marine Corps, with its troops frequently deployed in “forward operating bases”, is highly focused on field-generated renewable energy and efficiency technologies for both fuel and water. The Navy, with land, sea and air operations, is taking the most comprehensive approach as outlined by Secretary Mabus.

The E2 delegation was inspired by the possibilities for progress inherent in the military’s commitment to low-carbon alternative energy generation and energy efficiency innovations. Moving forward, we will work to develop productive relationships with the leaders on these energy initiatives at DOD to enhance our mutual objectives. Just as in the cases of information technology and the internet, the Department of Defense will clearly play a pivotal role in the development and deployment of a clean energy industry. As the inherent energy, economic and national security advantages of these technologies are demonstrated, the political barriers will give way to rapid adoption by private industry and the public.

A Message from Rear Admiral Philip Cullom"Recent political unrest throughout the Middle East and the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami events in Japan underscore the importance of energy security on a national and global level and highlight the linkage between both energy and the environment. In the military, events like these clearly impact energy surety and price volatility, but energy security to us is about being able to do our mission over the long haul. In our current conflicts, it is our "fuel tether", our voracious need for energy and our over-reliance on the grid, that our adversaries look to attack.

Today, with regard to energy, we as a nation are where information technology was about 25 years ago: on the cusp of a radical transformation that will dramatically affect each individual and institution. We, in the Navy, see these innovations as critical to making us more combat capable and less vulnerable to our adversaries' use of energy as a weapon. We intend to be in the lead so that we have a stronger Navy tomorrow than we have today. That argues for sustainable sources of energy with limited negative impact, either in terms of tenuous supply or adverse long-term environmental harm. We view this as being Energy Smart...energy austere and Spartan, which saves us both money and, quite importantly, lives.

In my opinion, there is no better time to be in the "clean energy" business. Entrepreneurial businesses are well-positioned to help the Navy and Nation develop energy efficient technologies and alternatives to petroleum-based fuels. By doing so, they will ensure we have reliable access to energy -- in perpetuity. In the Navy's case, this energy flexibility and frugality, ashore and afloat, is critical if we are to be a global force for good; rendering humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, providing maritime security, or deterring aggression. Overall, for our country, our approach to energy and its use will depend, in a very real sense, on how energy entrepreneurs seize the moment and lead us to a bright and sustainable future. After all, at the end of the day, there is no Planet B. We need to make things work for the long haul on Planet A.”


  - Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, U.S. Navy, Director, Energy and Environmental Readiness Division



Expanding the Conversation - 60+ Meetings in 48 Hours
 

Our delegates were each qualified to advance E2’s agenda based on their own professional expertise on a wide variety of clean energy technologies including renewable energy generation, biofuels production, energy storage, alternative transportation, and energy efficiency technologies. Each delegate developed focused talking points on our policy objectives as they relate to their own industries. Thanks to these 16 delegates, including a team of three who specialized on oceans and fisheries management issues (see next article), and with the excellent guidance of E2 Federal Advocate Marc Boom, we participated in over 60 meetings with members of Congress, the White House, and a slate of Administration agencies (see list below).

In each of these meetings we promoted the economic benefits to the country that will result from:
  • Transitioning to alternative, high efficiency transportation technologies and low carbon sustainable fuels that address the economic and national security liability of our current fossil fuel portfolio;
  • Enacting policies and financing mechanisms that enhance development, deployment and export of clean, low-carbon energy technologies;
  • Retaining EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions;
  • And/or, sustainably managing our oceans and fisheries.
     
Senate
House
Administration
Mark Begich (D – AK)
Charles Bass (R – NH)
Sharon Burke (Dept. of Defense)
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs
Michael Bennett (D – CO)
Brian Bilbray (R – CA) (Staff)
Col. Charette (US Marine Corps.)
Director, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office
Jeff Bingaman (D – NM) (staff)
Earl Blumenauer (R – OR)
Steven Chu (DOE)
U.S. Secretary of Energy
Richard Blumenthal (D – CT)
Lois Capps (D – CA)
Rear Adm. Philip H. Cullom, (Navy)
Director of the Energy and Environmental Readiness Division
Scott Brown (R – MA)
Diana DeGette (D – CO) (staff)
Jon Powers (Army)
Special Advisor on Energy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army on Installation, Energy and Environment
Sherrod Brown (D – OH) (staff)
Mario Diaz-Balart (R – FL) (staff)
David McIntosh (EPA)
Associate Administrator
Richard Burr (R – NC) (staff)
Sam Farr (D – CA)
Aaron Klein (Treasury Dept.)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy Coordination
Al Franken (D – MN) (staff)
John Garamendi (D – CA)
Polly Trottenberg (USDOT)
Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
Kirsten Gillibrand (D – NY) (staff)
Cory Gardner (R – CO)
Robert Bonnie (USDA)
Senior Advisor for Environment and Climate
Tom Harkin (D – IA) (staff)
Nan Hayworth (R – NY) (staff)
Carol Ann Beda (Air Force)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics
John Kerry (D – MA) (staff)
James Himes (D – CT)
Sally Yozell (NOAA)
Director of Policy and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary
Herbert H. Kohl (D – WI) (staff)
Michael M. Honda (D – CA) (staff)
Heather Zichal (White House)
Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Policy
Mary Landrieu (D – LA) (staff)
Jay Inslee (D – WA)
 
Frank Lautenberg (D – NJ) (staff)
Bill Johnson (R – OH)
 
Claire C. McCaskill (D – MO) (staff)
William Keating (D – MA)
 
Jeff Merkley (D – OR)
Steven C. LaTourette (R – OH) (staff)
 
Bill Nelson (D – FL) (staff)
Frank A. LoBiondo (R – NJ) (staff)
 
Jack Reed (D – RI) (staff)
Edward J. Markey (D – MA) (staff)
 
Marco Rubio (R – FL) (staff)
Michael Michaud (D – ME) (staff)
 
Olympia J. Snowe (R – ME) (staff)
Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) (Staff)
 
Debbie A. Stabenow (D – MI) (staff)
Chellie Pingree (D – ME)
 
James Webb (D – VA) (staff)
Jared Polis (D – CO)
 
Sheldon Whitehouse (D – RI)
Adam Schiff (D – CA) (staff)
 
Ron Wyden (D – OR)
Henry A. Waxman (D – CA)
 
 
C.W. Bill Young (R – FL) (staff)
 


Capitol Hill

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  From Left to Right: David Moyar (E2), Felix Kramer (E2), Rep. Jay Inslee (D - WA), Laura Berland-Shane (E2). Click to enlarge image.
With our traditional allies on the ropes, centrists wavering every day, and 90 new members of Congress who are not familiar with E2, our goals on Capitol Hill were diverse and challenging. Yet armed with E2 policy letters (Clean Energy Policies 2011; EPA Defense 2011; MSA Letter 2011; Transportation 2011) and personal experiences in their various fields, E2 members represented the business case for supporting smart environmental and energy policies.

Specifically, our delegates used concern over rising gas prices to focus on the need for Congress to get serious about supporting long-term renewable and sustainable alternatives to today’s energy sources. With demands for more drilling rising, we pointed out that since the U.S. will always be a price-taker in the global oil market, a better strategy for saving families’ money, increasing our national security and creating jobs was to support improved efficiency standards up to 60 mpg by 2025.

Felix Kramer (Redwood City, CA) "Our delegation came to DC with something different: tales that short-circuited preconceptions. Those we met with were all ears when we described jobs created and security benefits from clean technologies ready to go. Even those who had opposed loans to automakers were glad to hear about our broad nonpartisan coalition's success in bringing plug-in technologies to Detroit. Their response: 'give us more stories we can use!'"
This approach will save nearly three times the amount of oil (analysis based off EIA offshore oil data and Go60.org) that could be produced by new drilling, stimulate job growth in developing and deploying new technologies and save the average American family over $6,000 in a vehicle’s lifetime. Additionally, with a new transportation bill set to be debated shortly, we also advocated for efficiency and oil-use-reduction standards for new projects so that smart growth strategies and public transit would have a better chance of receiving funding in the future.

In order to promote solutions to our transportation problems as well as our traditional electrical sources, we need Congress to properly fund programs to develop and deploy these new technologies. That means supporting programs at the Department of Energy which are focused on those goals. Programs like the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Advanced Research and Development Agency- Energy, and the Sect. 1705 Loan Guarantee are critical to bridge the “valley of death” to clean technology development and deployment and support the growth of clean energy jobs across the country. The House’s first budget bill actually went in the wrong direction by cutting these programs, so E2 delegates’ stories about how effective these programs are for developing the clean tech economy were crucial in changing minds. Additionally, we supported creating new long-term programs to support clean tech development, such as a Clean Energy Deployment Administration, which would be given broad authority to develop and deploy new clean energy technologies using a wide number of financing mechanisms.

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From L to R: E2 Delegates James Marvin (E2), Marc Boom (E2 Federal Legislative Advocate), Nicole Lederer (E2 Co-Founder), Ethan Garber (E2), Sam Weaver (E2). Click to enlarge image.  
Finally, E2 delegates made a persuasive argument for protecting the only current federal policy on the issue, EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to limit carbon pollution. This policy, while not as strong as the comprehensive bill we supported last year, serves as a market signal to businesses across the country that the U.S. is a good place to invest in the low-carbon clean energy economy. Our delegates pointed out that blocking EPA’s authority in any way would only serve to confuse the market and send investment and jobs to other countries with better conditions, like China and Germany.

We found that our delegates’ business stories, linked to the federal policies we were promoting, helped connect the dots for members of Congress. Many of our allies already knew of the link between federal policy and economic performance and they appreciated having new success stories to tell when championing our issues. 
Ethan Garber (New York, NY) "My most memorable takeaway from the trip was echoed by Senator Wyden of Oregon - we have to focus our message on the political leadership in manufacturing states. They need to hear the themes that Nicole flogged frequently of national security, energy security, trade independence. I believe the most impactful path toward a clean energy economy is to maintain our focus on the environment but borrow the language of the rust belt."
Those who were wavering were given more reason to stay the course and continue to support the right policies to implement a clean energy economy. Finally, those who were new in Congress were introduced, many for the first time, to business leaders who support strong environmental policy to grow the economy, and made to realize the direct impact bad federal policies will have on the emerging clean tech sector.

In the end, E2 expanded its influence on Capitol Hill and left a positive impression as a group of business leaders who are willing to challenge the political gridlock in order to move our country forward. One immediate result of our work on the Hill – E2 has been asked to testify in a House hearing on renewable energy deployment in May.

Click here to see the E2 memo left with each Congressional office about clean energy.


Administration Meetings

David Moyar (New York, NY) "We found there is a growing political consensus that we must undertake significant measures to decrease our dependence on foreign oil and to increase our investments in renewable energy and electric transportation as rising fuel prices bring home the scarcity of fossil fuels."
The sheer number and variety of meetings that our E2 teams conducted with the White House and Administration Agencies and Departments - including the Departments of Energy, Treasury, Transportation, Agriculture, the EPA, and the Department of Defense - showed the depth of understanding in government of the broad and pervasive impacts and opportunities of a clean energy economy. Every agency with which we met recognized its own key role in this transformation, and was receptive to E2’s business perspectives. Several agency leaders indicated that they would welcome documentation of the real-life business stories of our members already growing companies in the clean energy field – a request that we plan to address in the coming weeks.

One notable result from our meetings with both Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu and Assistant Secretary of Defense Sharon Burke was an invitation to E2 members to participate in a White House Clean Energy Economy Forum on Energy Security on April 26.


Conclusion

Thanks to all the E2 delegates for their unique contributions to our DC team. It is striking and inspiring to witness the creativity, expertise and commitment of our members to E2’s advocacy goals. For these few days in DC, the delegates volunteer to set aside their personal and professional responsibilities to prioritize and support E2’s policy objectives through the lens of their own expertise – and this never fails to gain the attention and respect of those in government with whom we meet. Stay tuned for more opportunities for E2 members to engage in federal advocacy as the year unfolds.

James Marvin (Seattle, WA) "In an environment charged with competing requirements and dealing with daily crisis, the fact that E2 - with the support of NRDC - was able to engage in direct and focused dialogue with senior government officials is a true measure of accomplishment. The entire world is waiting and watching to see what happens next and how the United States is going to successfully navigate the path to recovery. E2 is perfectly suited to provide support and help with this difficult task. And the recent advocacy trip to DC made leaders at all levels within government agencies and institutions aware of this very fact; E2 can help get the job done. Bravo Zulu to Nicole, the NRDC staff, and to all the E2 members that took time out of their busy schedules to address the significant problems our nation is working to solve."


How You Can Help

E2 is continuing to broaden our reach in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in joining this effort, or if any of the questions below apply to you, please contact Nicole Lederer (Nicole@nicolelederer.com) to learn more about advocacy opportunities and training.

-Is your business (or the businesses in which you are invested):
  • Creating jobs? How many? Where?
  • Manufacturing something? Where?
  • Agriculturally related? Where?
  • Influenced by federal policies on energy, transportation, land use, oceans, water, agriculture or resource management issues? How so?
-Do you have any affiliation with the Department of Defense or with any veterans’ organizations?

-Do you have an affiliation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or with any local Chambers?

-Do you have a relationship with any local/state/federal legislators?

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  L to R: Regan Nelson (NRDC), Carl Nettleton (E2), Berl Hartman (E2), Raymond Kane (E2).
In March 1961, President John F. Kennedy said, "Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.” This is even truer today than it was 50 years ago. Lack of a coherent ocean policy and huge gaps in our knowledge place this incredible resource at risk. For decades, our oceans have been subjected to threats from overexploitation, habitat degradation, coastal pollution, climate change and competing usages, which in turn jeopardize the jobs and recreation that oceans provide.

E2 is involved in this issue for many reasons, not least of which is that our oceans and great lakes are an incredible engine of economic development that depends on healthy oceans. America’s ocean economy contributes more to the country’s GDP than the entire farm sector, grossing more than $230 billion in 2004.

Carl Nettleton (San Diego, CA)"Working with the Ocean Team to discuss ocean policy with members of the Senate and the House revealed vividly the deep split between Congressional members based on the region they come from, the constituencies that are important to their region and their region's economy and jobs. Regarding ocean policy, the challenge continues to be one of uniting those coastal interests and serving them so that a unified approach to the ocean can be seen as a win for both the environment and the economy."
Our E2 Oceans Team which included a Cape Cod commercial fisherman and an expert on collection of ocean data, focused on three issues:

      -Full funding for the National Oceans Policy to protect, maintain and restore the economic and environmental health of our oceans.

      - Continued support for strict catch limits and rebuilding requirements to maintain the progress we have made in reducing overfishing.

      - Implementation of the key recommendations of the bipartisan, independent National Oil Spill Commission to improve the safety of offshore drilling.

In July 2010, after an extensive nationwide series of hearings, and heeding the advice of two Blue Ribbon Commissions, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the nation’s first comprehensive National Oceans Policy (NOP) for the stewardship of our ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes. The necessary funding for NOP’s initiatives, especially in the context of a total federal budget of $3.83 trillion, is a modest $20 million that would pay for Regional Ocean Partnerships and $6.7 million for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning to gather important data. These comparatively small investments will leverage the huge economic benefits of healthy oceans and Great Lakes.

Additionally, we were encouraged to hear that a bi-partisan Ocean Caucus is being formed.

When it comes to sustainable fishing, our key message was that the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which was most recently amended in 2006, is working and should be fully funded so that we can continue to rebuild our depleted fisheries. Unfortunately, a small group of Senators have introduced legislation that would extend rebuilding time frames and substitute political considerations for science-based catch limits.

Raymond Kane (Chatham, MA) "As a Cape Cod commercial fisherman who believes in sustainable fisheries and ocean policy, I was gratified to meet so many other representatives of industry who also believe in sustainable issues and policy throughout our great nation. All were talking of any and everything for a sustainable environment and I was happy to participate. E2 along with the support of NRDC exemplified leadership and knowledge of many important issues facing this nation; both organizations are a 1st class act."
E2 team member Ray Kane, a Cape Cod commercial fisherman, was able to describe first-hand the benefits of the stricter controls. This year, fishermen in New England have earned 10% more revenue than last, while catching 10% fewer fish and staying well below the catch limits for all species. In addition, New England has adopted a sector approach that gives fishermen more control over how they fish, placing the power of the marketplace into their hands. A recent New York Times editorial strongly agreed with our position.

Our message about safer drilling in the gulf and throughout the country, came almost exactly a year after the disastrous Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Thus far, Congress has done nothing to implement the key recommendations of the bipartisan, independent National Oil Spill Commission. Following their lead, we urged lawmakers to ensure that taxpayers are not left holding the bill for future disasters by significantly increasing the liability cap and financial responsibility requirements for offshore facilities; provide sufficient funding for oversight agencies; and provide funds for Gulf restoration. Our message was well received by many members, especially those in coastal areas like California and New Jersey.

We also carried the message that our country needs safer drilling with more resources for oversight and environmental impact assessment. With several bills recently introduced in the House to force the administration to accelerate the granting of drilling permits and open new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration we urged legislators to resist these efforts.

Our messages were particularly welcome at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), where we met with several high-ranking officials, including Sally Yozell, Director of Policy, who provides senior level support to the head of NOAA, Jane Lubchenko. We had an excellent meeting in which we shared ideas on how to garner support in Congress for our mutual ocean priorities.

Click here to see the E2 memo left with each Congressional office about Oceans.

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This year, earth day might be called Oceans Day for the E2 New England Chapter.

E2 New England has been active on ocean issues since our first trip to Washington in 2003 where we advocated for stronger constraints on overfishing. Through the years, we have worked on many oceans-related issues, many of which have come to fruition: a strengthened Magnuson-Stevens Act to reduce overfishing; the Massachusetts Oceans Act that pioneered a state-of-the-art oceans plan based on coastal and marine spatial planning; and other ocean-related issues at both the state and federal level, including support for the nation’s largest planned offshore wind farm, Cape Wind.

In many ways, we are now seeing the positive results of these efforts. Largely thanks to revised fishery management policies that E2 supported for many years, for the first time in at least a century, U.S. fishermen won't take too much of any species from the sea, according to scientist Steve Murawski, one of the nation's top fishery scientists. That doesn’t mean that all species are at healthy levels; they aren’t. But at least there is now the chance for populations to rebound to the point where they can be fished consistently at sustainable levels; additionally the law demands that they be rebuilt over a 10-year timeframe if they are biologically capable of doing so. The projected end of overfishing comes during a turbulent fishing year that has seen New England fishermen switch to a radically new management system.

As you can see from E2's trip to Washington, not everyone is happy with the new system, and we must constantly fight efforts to roll back the law with so-called “flexibility” legislation that would perpetuate the unsustainable practices of the past.

In addition to fishing, E2 has consistently supported responsible development of offshore renewable energy such as the Cape Wind development off the shores of Nantucket. On April 28, after almost a decade of exhaustive study and analyses, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the Cape Wind renewable energy project on federal submerged lands in Nantucket Sound.

On Friday, April 22, E2 Directors Berl Hartman and Dianne Callan attended a briefing by state officials on the status of the Massachusetts Oceans Act. The Act used state-of-the-art technology to map various ocean activities and sensitive areas to get a clear spatial view of suitable development of the State’s coastal waters. This methodology is serving as a template for the National Oceans Policy that President Obama has proposed and that NOAA is supporting.

At the meeting, State officials also brought us up to date on plans for offshore renewable energy in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts, an issue that E2 had also weighed in on with a letter to BOEMRE supporting the “Smart from the Start” process that would identify suitable areas for wind development and speed the permitting process.

Even our E2 spring event focused on Oceans. On March 30, renowned author, ecologist and marine conservationist Carl Safina was joined by Sarah Chasis, NRDC’s senior attorney and director of NRDC’s Ocean Initiative, at an E2 New England luncheon to explore the scientific, moral and social implication of our relationship with nature and in particular our imperiled oceans. Our thanks to Turner Fisheries and the Weston Hotel for hosting the event, which was extremely well attended.




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  L to R: E2 Rockies Manager, Jamila Rockette, E2 Member, Joel Serface, Congressman Mike Coffman, E2 Member Fred Julander. Congressman Coffman's Colorado District Office, Lone Tree, CO.
Clean energy development and energy efficiency are priority advocacy areas for the E2 Rocky Mountains Chapter. This month, E2 Rockies members held several meetings with state and federal public officials about our chapter’s vision and priorities for a clean energy Colorado.

On March 28, E2 Members Fred Julander, Joel Serface, and E2 Rockies Manager, Jamila Rockette held our first E2 meeting with Congressman Mike Coffman. Congressman Coffman represents Colorado Congressional District 6, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, and Park counties. This is a traditionally conservative district, and E2 Rockies is pleased with Congressman Coffman’s response to our organization, his desire to establish a working relationship with our business leader advocates, and his specific interest in developing policies around transportation efficiency and alternative fuel development. Following the meeting with Congressman Coffman, E2 Member Joel Serface met with Congressman Scott Tipton (Congressional District 3: western slope and southern Colorado) to specifically ask the congressman to support clean energy and clean technology development. Congressman Tipton has indicated an interest in pulling the entire Colorado congressional delegation together for monthly meetings in DC, and E2 Rockies supports the full Colorado congressional delegation working together on comprehensive clean energy policies for the state of Colorado. Special thanks to Joel Serface for this meeting as E2 has been trying to reach out to the Congressional 3rd District on clean energy legislation for years.

On April 13, E2 Members Andrew Currie, Ken Gart, Joel Serface, and E2 Rockies Manager Jamila Rockette met with TJ Deora, the newly appointed Director of the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO). Although E2 Rockies members have worked with TJ Deora in the past, this was our first official E2 meeting with TJ following his appointment to the GEO director position. Prior to his appointment, TJ oversaw Horizon Wind Energy’s state and regional policy advocacy where he led early-stage wind project development efforts in the Rockies. The conversation was constructive and provided our business leader advocates with information about GEO’s policy priority areas, as well as information about where E2 can support the energy office on new policy initiatives, especially around energy efficiency. Currently, GEO is focused on fully implementing current renewable energy and demand-side management legislation to maximize jobs and continue to attract clean energy companies to Colorado. Looking forward, GEO has a specific interest in working on alternative transportation fuel policies and identifying additional financing solutions for renewable energy development and production.

On April 18, E2 Member Ken Gart met with Congresswoman Diana DeGette. Congresswoman DeGette represents Colorado Congressional District 1. This meeting fell on the heels of E2’s D.C. Delegation meetings. Congresswoman DeGette was unable to meet with our delegation in D.C., and it was therefore serendipitous that E2 Member Ken Gart was able to meet with her here in Denver to communicate E2’s advocacy priority areas. The First Congressional District covers the heart of Denver and several of Denver’s surrounding cities. Congresswoman DeGette has traditionally been very favorable on our environment, conservation, and clean energy issues, however, E2 Rockies has not yet established a formal working relationship with her or her office. Ken discussed some of E2’s national priorities with Congresswoman DeGette (moving beyond oil; supporting clean technology development and jobs; and limiting carbon pollution) and how Denver’s business leadership community can work with her office on these specific policies.

E2 Rocky Mountains sends out a big thank you to all of our volunteer business advocates for their time this month on direct advocacy. We’d also like to thank E2 Rockies Member Sam Weaver for representing E2 Rocky Mountains at E2’s April Delegation Trip in Washington, D.C.

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  L to R: National Geographic Award-winning photographer Camille Seaman, Jared Carney (Executive Director of Program Development, Milken Institute), Lisa Speer (Director of NRDC's International Oceans Program), Phil McGillivary (Science Liaison for Coast Guard PACAREA), and Jon Foster (E2 Northern California Chapter Director)
On March 30, over 150 E2 members and guests convened at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA for an evening EcoSalon, “The Future of the Arctic.” The event, hosted by Jon Foster (E2 Northern California Chapter Co-director) and Nicole Lederer (E2 Co-founder), focused on the economic and political challenges created by a rapidly changing Arctic environment; where ice once existed is now open sea, allowing easier access to resources, but consequently putting pressure on an already climate-stressed ecosystem. The four-speaker panel discussed with members the political, economic, and environmental ramifications of such change.

After a food and wine reception, attendees took their seats for an opening presentation by acclaimed polar photographer and 2011 TED Fellow, Camille Seaman. She gave a stunning visual tour of the Arctic, including film she took herself of an enormous iceberg cracking and rolling in the sea. While some in the audience had been to the Arctic, for most it was their first chance to see not only one of the most remote places on earth, but also the impact that climate change is having there.

Following Camille, NRDC’s International Oceans Program Director, Lisa Speer, set the stage for the subsequent discussion by detailing the extent of the environmental change and its impact on Arctic flora and fauna, the outlook for increasing human development in the Arctic such as resource extraction and shipping, and finally an overview of the current framework of laws governing such activities. Lisa’s work and NRDC’s Arctic Initiative aim to improve governance for and safeguards against the dangers of oil and gas drilling, fishing (specifically overfishing), and shipping in areas of ocean outside national jurisdiction – aka the “high seas.”

Picking up where Lisa left off, Jared Carney, Director of Program Development at the Milken Institute, gave a presentation on the economic and social drivers behind the expanded human activity in the Arctic, using Russia as a case study. Having just returned from Russia on business, Jared gave a summary of the forces that are resulting in expanded oil and gas development on the country’s Arctic coast. As Russia seeks to progress in social areas such as education and life expectancy, much of the money that pays for these advancements comes from oil and gas; the jobs and economic incentives offered by oil and natural gas in the Arctic regions of Khanty-Mansiysk and Yamal-Nenets together account for about 35% of the GDP of the Russian Federation. (Oil and gas production accounts for about 50% of Russian GDP and Arctic oil and gas extraction accounts for about 70% of that production. Moreover the Arctic accounts for more than 90% of Russian oil and gas reserves.) During the Q&A it became clear that it will be exceedingly difficult to slow Russian exploitation of these resources because Russia sees them as vital economic opportunities.

The final perspective of the evening was delivered by Dr. Phillip McGillivary, Science Liaison for the Coast Guard Pacific Area region, who treated the audience to a candid and animated look at the special challenges related to national security and military activities in the changing Arctic. Dr. McGillivary highlighted the difficult prospect of sending ships through unpredictable, ice-ridden waters as sea ice breaks apart north of Alaska. Atmospheric warming in the Arctic makes navigation particularly difficult because it snows now where it formerly did not and in such areas visibility around a ship can go to zero, increasing the risk of collisions with icebergs. Additionally, many Arctic waters remain uncharted.

Dr. McGillivary also discussed the political friction surrounding attempts to secure and use the arctic’s natural resources. For example, although the Chinese have no Arctic Ocean coastline, they nevertheless claim sovereignty over that ocean in proportion to the fraction of the world population that is Chinese. Furthermore, they have a modern icebreaker which they once managed to sail though U.S. waters in the Barents Strait into the Arctic ocean to map the seabed off the northern coast of Alaska. The Chinese interests are also exhibited by their support of the U.S. claim that the Northwest Passage is an international waterway. The Canadians claim these are national waters. (Both positions are credible under international law.) The U.S. sails through these waters without incident by informing the Canadian authorities before each trip, which is not to be confused, at least in our minds, with asking permission. The Chinese have as yet never ventured so far.

E2 member Jennifer Urdan commented that the event was a rare opportunity to get exposed to so many different angles of an issue during the same event, and that it made the program much more interesting as a result. In fact, it was through E2 members that several of our evening’s speakers were identified and confirmed, and as we continue to combine complementary perspectives to our programming, we welcome and appreciate the suggestions and contributions of E2 members!

This event also received press coverage through ChinaDialogue, a group that aims to solve environmental problems by creating a dialogue between the US and China.

E2 would like to thank Google, especially employees Amy Luers and Jenifer Foulkes, for graciously hosting this event. E2 Executive Director Judy Albert and E2 Northern California Co-director Tony Bernhardt were instrumental in the planning of the program, as well.

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The Pacific Northwest Chapter would like to welcome its two newest Chapter Directors, Alex Wall and Trevor Winnie. As this chapter grows, Alex and Trevor will be instrumental in many of the events that E2 holds as well as the advocacy work that is at the core of E2’s work.

Alex Wall

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  New Pacific Northwest Chapter Director Alex Wall.
Alex Wall is the Director of Consulting for Discover-e Legal, LLC (formerly Pacific Legal, Inc.), a litigation support and software development company. His hybrid role combines aspects of consulting, in-house counsel, business development, and project management. Prior to moving to Portland, Oregon, where he resides with his wife and fellow E2 member, Marie Kent, Alex worked as an attorney for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, in Manhattan specializing in the discovery phase of complex corporate litigation. It was in New York where Alex was introduced to E2’s New York Chapter, and he jumped at the opportunity to assist in the founding and expansion of the Pacific Northwest Chapter when it became time to relocate. Alex grew up in the great state of Maine, where he developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors.

Alex holds a B.A. from Colby College, a J.D. from the University of Maine, professional certifications in computer technologies and has passed the bar exams in New York and Oregon.

Trevor Winnie

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New Pacific Northwest Chapter Director Trevor Winnie.  
Trevor Winnie is Senior Research Analyst at Clean Edge, a Portland-based research and advisory firm devoted to the clean-tech sector. Clean Edge has been tracking the global rise of clean tech since 2000 and has played an important role in helping define the rapidly growing industry. Trevor is involved in a range of activities at Clean Edge, including preparation of reports and consulting projects, development of the firm’s U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index, and maintenance of Clean Edge/NASDAQ stock index products (CELS, QWND, and QGRD). He has co-authored a number of Clean Edge publications, including the company’s annual Clean Energy Trends report series.

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  San Diego's new Volunteer Chapter Coordinator.
We are pleased to introduce you to the newest member of the E2 San Diego Chapter, Sarah Mueller. Sarah is joining E2 as San Diego’s new volunteer Chapter Coordinator and will support the orchestration of our various platform objectives along with our administrative support functions.

Sarah has a terrific background for this role with previous posts as a Senior Management Analyst for the United States Navy, Marketing Coordinator, Business Development Project Manager/Press & Media Associate, Senior Real Estate & Estate Planning Paralegal. She is also working on her Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy & Management (anticipated Completion 2012) with Concentration: EPA, RCRA, NEPA, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). She earned a M.A. in International Relations (June 2002) from Webster Graduate Studies Center, Regents College, London, UK and B.A. in Italian Studies (May 1998, Honors) from Dickinson College Carlisle, PA.

Sarah and her husband have recently relocated from Naples so please note she is new to our region. Please join us in welcoming Sarah to our team! We are fortunate and delighted to have her join us.
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In case you missed it, below are articles from April that discuss E2's priority advocacy areas and a link to E2's March Telesalon: "Alternative Fuels 101: the Good, the Bad, and the Enormous Implications" on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 (members only).

Biofuels 101 (Recording)

"There may be wide acknowledgment that the United States needs to wean itself off imported fossil fuels, but alternatives are not all created equal. Judith Albert (E2 Executive Director), Mary Solecki (E2 Advanced Biofuel Industry Consultant), Brian Siu (NRDC Energy Policy Analyst), and Liz Barratt-Brown (NRDC Senior Attorney) discuss this complex and consequential topic, and how E2 is taking a leading role in advancing positive policy outcomes."



Advocacy Priority Areas

Federal Advocacy
Issue Article
Clean Energy Business to Congress: Let the EPA Do its Job - Clean Energy Collective
Transportation Plug-in Cars are a Cleantech Pacesetter (E2 Member Felix Kramer) - GM BeyondNow Earthday Blog 
Oceans  A Good Law that's Working (Magnuson-Stevens Act) - New York Times Editorial


Local and State Advocacy
Issue Article
Energy Local Clean Energy, Not Coal, IS Key to Northwest Prosperity (E2 PNW Chapter Director Trevor Winnie) - Sustainable Business Oregon
Water LA County Responsible for Polluted Runoff that Flows into the Sea Appellate Panel Rules - LA Times
Sustainable Communities Despite Economy, Green Roofs Bloom - Sustainable Cities Collective
Capital Flow Clinton and Bloomberg to Merge Climate Groups - New York Times


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