History

Since its founding, SAFE has employed innovative strategies to overcome policy stagnation.

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SAFE made its public launch in 2005 with the first presentation of its Oil ShockWave Executive Crisis Simulation. The fast-paced, realistic war games exercise was continually updated and refined through the years, and remains a staple of SAFE’s ongoing education campaign.

In 2006, SAFE joined with General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation, to form the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a group of business and former military leaders committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence. Later that year, the ESLC released its Recommendations to the Nation on Reducing U.S. Oil Dependence—a concrete plan to improve U.S. energy security.

Over the next year, the ESLC, armed with the Recommendations and crucial follow-up reports and policy briefs, made their case to policymakers and thought leaders. The credibility and expertise of those leaders and the quality of the policy material they presented played a major role in the drafting and passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, a landmark bipartisan energy bill whose principal measures reflected major components of the Recommendations, including the first improvements in fuel economy standards in a generation.

In September 2008, the ESLC released A National Strategy for Energy Security. This 120-page report detailed an even more bold vision than in 2006: the transformation of the nation’s transportation sector from one dependent on petroleum to one largely powered by electricity. Six months later, Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and George Voinovich (R-OH) introduced the National Energy Security Act, comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that largely mirrors the goals and policies set out in the National Strategy.

In 2009, SAFE and the ESLC worked closely with both Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to create a comprehensive energy bill. SAFE provided members and staff countless briefings, issue backgrounders, and other crucial policy information in support of its goals. On June 17, the Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve a wide-ranging bill that included many of the most important provisions recommended in the National Strategy. SAFE is continuing to work to strengthen the bill and ensure its successful passage.

Throughout the fall of 2009, SAFE worked to bring together a group of business leaders representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation sector. The Electrification Coalition formally launched in November 2009 with the release of the Electrification Roadmap, a sweeping report outlining a detailed vision for the deployment of a fully integrated electric drive network. In May 2010, Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate introduced legislation that echoes the primary recommendations of the Roadmap.

“SAFE's recommendations can carry weight. Its council of senior military officials had a role in drafting the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the last major piece of energy legislation Congress passed.” Dow JonesAugust 1, 2011

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