SAFE made its public launch in 2005 with the first presentation of its Oil ShockWave Executive Crisis Simulation, a fast-paced, realistic war games exercise.
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 as well crucial follow-up reports and policy briefs.
The credibility and expertise of those leaders and the quality of the policy material they presented a major role in the drafting and passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the introduction of the National Energy Security Act by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and George Voinovich (R-OH). The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve a wide-ranging bill that included many of the most important recommendations in 2009.
Also in 2009, SAFE launched the Electrification Coalition, which brought together business leaders representing the entire value chain of an electrified transportation sector, with the release of the Electrification Roadmap. The Roadmap outlined 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.
In 2011 SAFE held the National Summit on Energy Security which brought together military leaders, CEOs, and policymakers to address the threats posed by our nation’s dependence on petroleum. The Summit featured a slate of high-profile events that offered participants the opportunity to learn more about the threat of oil dependence and take part in formulating solutions.
Two years later SAFE held OPEC Oil Embargo +40: A National Summit on Energy Security. The summit convened prominent figures, including Dr. Henry Kissinger, Leon Panetta, and others, to discuss and find solutions to the threats posed by oil dependence forty years after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo. Additionally, in 2013 the ESLC released A National Strategy for Energy Security – Harnessing American Resources and Innovation, a series of recommendations designed to achieve a fundamental necessity: safeguarding the physical and economic security of the United States by significantly reducing our dependence on oil. The recommendations further outlined a plan to establish a federal Energy Security Trust Fund, which would use revenue from expanded oil production to fund research and development of oil-displacement technologies in the transportation sector. In the 2013 State of the Union address, SAFE’s Energy Security Trust Fund proposal was discussed, based on the recommendation made in A National Strategy for Energy Security.
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