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  From left: Bill Capp, Gene Wang, Heather Henriksen, Nicole Lederer, Ro Khanna, Daniel Yost, David Cheng, David Moyar and Dan Miller. [Click on image for larger version]
On March 2-4, approximately 20 E2 members attended an inaugural conference in Washington, DC, produced by the Department of Energy (DOE) to showcase its advanced energy technology support project, ARPA-E. E2 was a supporting partner for this event. The conference demonstrated that the DOE is a reinvigorated agency, determined to be the seat of innovation and aspiration for a new energy future for the country. While in DC for this conference, several E2 members gathered to meet with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and with six Senate offices that are crucial in the effort to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy policy.

Our meeting with Secretary Locke was arranged by Ro Khanna, a former E2 member who is now serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Domestic Operations for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service. Secretary Locke was emphatic about the importance of a cap on carbon emissions to stimulate investment in American clean technologies, to create growth at home and to increase exports. We encouraged the Secretary to actively promote the connection between job creation and a cap on carbon as he travels around the country. In turn, the Secretary and his staff emphasized the services the Department of Commerce offers to American low-carbon businesses seeking to develop markets in foreign countries. To this end, the Secretary is leading green trade missions to China and Indonesia in May, to which E2 members are invited to apply.

In our Senate meetings the E2 delegation continued to promote comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation. We met with the following offices:

Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Herbert Kohl (D-WI)
Russ Feingold (D-WI) Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
George LeMieux (R-FL) Richard Lugar (R-IN)

Senator Boxer gave us a frank appraisal of the political challenges to passing a comprehensive bill. Among those challenges is the growing interest in the Senate for the "energy only" option: passing a suite of energy policies without provisions to cap carbon. E2 opposes this direction and recruited support for a letter authored by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) that was ultimately signed by 22 Senators and presented to Senate leadership. The letter asserts the urgency to implement carbon policy.

Our thanks to the E2 members who attended these meetings with us: Bill Capp, David Cheng, Gordon Davidson, Heather Henriksen, Dan Miller, David Moyar, Gene Wang and Daniel Yost.

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