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SAFE Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Washington, D.C.— As the House passes the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, sending it to President Biden’s desk for signature, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We are shifting to a world powered by technology and built on batteries. Strengthening our nation’s infrastructure is vital if we wish to lead this switch. Passage […]

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A Time To Choose: How The U.S. And Allies Can Maintain Semiconductor Leadership

From the F-35 to electric vehicles, semiconductors play a critical and strategic role both in our nation’s economic ambitions and U.S. national security goals. This role will only grow in importance, but the chronic semiconductor shortage is hampering the United States’ post-COVID economic recovery—and highlighting U.S. semiconductor supply chain vulnerabilities. Against this background, what can […]

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Briefing on the Commanding Heights of Global Transportation Initiative and the Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy

On September 30, SAFE hosted a briefing to discuss the organization’s strategy to ensure U.S competitiveness with China on electric vehicles, semiconductors, minerals, and supply chains. Robbie Diamond, SAFE President & CEO, moderated the conversation between members of the SAFE leadership team, highlighting the Commanding Heights Initiative and the Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for […]

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To Meet EV and Solar Targets, Break Dependency on China, the United States Must Get Serious about Minerals

Addressing ongoing political hurdles for domestic mineral production and processing, SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We recommend Congress look at the bigger picture when considering new mine development. Resources like copper, lithium, and nickel are not just vital for EVs, but also the wider transition to carbon-free energy. To meet the Administration’s […]

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Examining Critical Mineral Supply Chains

SAFE’s Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy held a briefing and panel discussion to examine how mineral supply chains affect American competitiveness and national security. Minerals and metals form the basis of our increasingly electric and connected world: Do we risk off-shoring more U.S.-based manufacturing without re-shoring or nearshoring parts of the […]

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White House Gas Price Probe Should Spark NOPEC Reintroduction

Washington, D.C.—As the White House directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate any anti-competitive conduct on gasoline prices, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “If the White House and the FTC want to comprehensively protect American consumers and businesses from price spikes at the pump, the root cause—OPEC collusion—must be […]

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SAFE Commends Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Washington, D.C.—As the Senate passes the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The bill contains a range of important provisions that will stimulate investment across the U.S. EV supply chain, from minerals to markets.” “For years, the United States depended on an unstable oil market dominated by nations […]

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SAFE Commends New Fuel Economy Standards As Catalyst For Electrification

Washington, D.C.—In response to the announcement on fuel economy standards by the Biden Administration, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “From the 1973 Oil Crisis to the Colonial Pipeline outage, breaks in the petroleum supply chain have caused price spikes at the pump and harmed businesses and consumers. For almost 50 […]

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SAFE Commends White House EV Target Announcement, Calls For Action Across Supply Chain To Match

Washington D.C.—In response to President Biden’s announcement of a target of 40-50 percent electric vehicle sales share in 2030, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond and Abigail Wulf, SAFE’s Director of Critical Minerals Strategy, made the following statements: Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE, said: “Transportation is going electric, and the White House rightly recognizes what must be […]

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Will unstable gas prices today be replaced by unstable mineral prices for batteries tomorrow?

Electric vehicles built on batteries and critical minerals will reduce oil related price spikes; herald a cleaner, more interconnected electric future, write Ambassador Alfred Hoffman Jr. and Abigail Wulf. (Read More) […]

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SAFE Applauds Electric Transportation and Grid Provisions in Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

Washington, DC—Responding to the Biden Administration’s announcement that a bipartisan infrastructure plan has been agreed upon ahead of Senate consideration, SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This development signifies the emergence of a bipartisan consensus that the U.S. can and will compete with China in a central technology of the future: Electric vehicles.  […]

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SAFE Supports Critical Mineral and Electric Grid Provisions in New Senate Energy and Infrastructure Bill

Ahead of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource’s meeting to consider a new bill to invest in American energy and outdoor infrastructure, SAFE sent the committee a letter in support of the new bill’s critical mineral and electric grid provisions. In the letter, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond says, “The world is […]

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Reduce the Pentagon’s Dependence on China by Recharging US Battery, Electronics Industry

It is time to lift the fog of wishful thinking on U.S. security vulnerabilities, and Congress can take several steps in the upcoming NDAA. A growing bipartisan consensus recognizes the scale of the Chinese Communist Party challenge. This should not be a tough call – or a tough vote. Congress has the opportunity and power […]

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Oil’s Spike On OPEC Discord Should Remind U.S. Not To Repeat Dependence Mistake With EVs

Washington, D.C.—As the price of oil reached a six-year high after OPEC+ failed to reach an agreement on future production coordination, SAFE EVP Jeffrey Jeb Nadaner made the following statement: “America’s reliance on a volatile oil market, dominated by a foreign cartel, was and remains strategically unwise. Our dependence on oil means that spikes in […]

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SAFE EVP Outlines Supply Chain Risks To U.S. Security In Hudson Institute Paper

Washington, D.C.—In a new paper for the Hudson Institute, Jeffrey Jeb Nadaner, the executive vice-president of government and public affairs at SAFE and the executive director of SAFE’s Commanding Heights program, warns of the risks to U.S. economic and national security stemming from America’s offshored supply chains. In the paper, co-authored with the Hon. Ellen […]

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Congress must pass $8 Billion USPS electrification proposal to jump-start US EV leadership

To break China’s EV supply chain hold and eliminate this national security vulnerability, the United States must move swiftly to electrify large sections of its vehicle fleet, creating the market demand that stimulates upstream investment in this country. The United States Postal Service next generation delivery vehicles is a good place to start. The current […]

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Commercial Goods Transport: Widening the Road to Electrification

As the transportation sector begins to shift from a gasoline and diesel past to an electric future, commercial goods transport is at the center of an emerging strategic policy agenda. The electrification transformation is often discussed only in terms of personal mobility and passenger vehicles, however the medium-and heavy-duty (MHD) trucks on our nation’s roadways […]

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100-Day Supply Chain Review Provides Crucial Reminder Of The Need To Secure Battery, Critical Minerals Supply Chains

Washington, D.C.—SAFE notes that the 100-day review of U.S. critical minerals, high-capacity battery and semiconductor supply chains, as ordered by the Biden administration in its February 24 Executive Order, provides a timely reminder of the need for the United States to build these supply chains both domestically and with American allies. Admiral Dennis Blair, former […]

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SAFE Applauds Critical Electric Vehicle Provisions In Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Washington, D.C.—In response to the electric vehicle (EV), autonomous vehicle, and vehicle charging provisions contained within the markup of the surface transportation reauthorization bill, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The shift from a gasoline past to a connected, electric, and autonomous future holds tremendous promise for U.S. economic and national […]

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Minerals Processing: The Missing Middle Step In U.S. Battery Ambitions

The materials and components for EV batteries are still being shipped to the U.S. and to our allies from China, which still has a stranglehold on the vital—yet frequently overlooked—processing and refining step in the EV supply chain.  The development of this capability must be our top priority in this area, write Gen. Michael Hagee […]

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SAFE Applauds Biden’s EV Policy Commitment To Compete With China  

Washington, D.C.—In response to remarks made by President Joe Biden during his visit to Ford’s Dearborn factory today, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “China is currently the runaway leader in the EV and battery industries, and President Biden is correct to define this as an issue of American economic prosperity […]

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SAFE Testifies At Republican House Committee On Natural Resources Forum On Critical Minerals

In testimony to a Republican House Committee On Natural Resources forum on critical minerals, SAFE United States must address at least three areas in the critical minerals sector in order to gain ground on China in the race for leadership in the electric vehicle (EV) and battery supply chains. The United States must establish a […]

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SAFE Taps Jeb Nadaner To Lead Commanding Heights And Abigail Wulf for Critical Minerals

Jeffrey Nadaner will lead SAFE’s Commanding Heights of Global Transportation while also serving as SAFE Executive Vice President of Government & Public Affairs; Abigail Wulf will head the newly-created Ambassador Alfred Hoffman, Jr. Center for Critical Minerals Strategy. Washington, D.C.—SAFE is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Jeb Nadaner has joined to lead the Commanding Heights […]

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SAFE Calls On Congress To Realize Significant Societal, Economic Benefits Of AVs In House Hearing Letter

Washington, D.C.—In a letter submitted to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce hearing, “Promises and Perils: The Potential of Automobile Technologies,” SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond calls on Congress to allow autonomous vehicle (AV) deployment to fully realize the considerable economic and societal benefits of AV technology. […]

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SAFE Hosts NHTSA Acting Administrator, Autonomous Vehicle Industry Executives For Event On Safe AV Deployment

Washington, D.C.—This afternoon, SAFE was joined by Dr. Steven Cliff, the Acting Administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a host of autonomous vehicle (AV) and vehicle safety experts for an important and timely event on the pathways for safe AV deployment. After Dr. Cliff’s remarks, SAFE was joined by Nat Beuse, […]

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SAFE Responds to Republican Infrastructure Plan

SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement regarding the Republican Infrastructure Roadmap released today: “While we agree with the Republican goals to boost economic growth, bolster against weather events, strengthen national security and improve Americans’ quality of life, we note the inexplicable absence of transportation electrification, which will be so integral to […]

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SAFE Applauds Reintroduction of the Bipartisan, Bicameral Endless Frontier Act

In response to today’s reintroduction of the Endless Frontier Act, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “SAFE has been at the forefront of identifying the commanding lead China has in the race to the new transportation and energy future. Beijing’s considerable influence over every step of the EV supply chain necessitates […]

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SAFE Launches New Vehicle-to-Grid Initiative with Roundtable Event

Washington, D.C.— Today, SAFE, and its Grid Security Project, launched a new Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Initiative, in which it intends to help advance V2G applications on a more widespread basis. The V2G initiative was kicked off today by a joint SAFE-Electrification Coalition (EC) roundtable event that is intended to identify the key policy and regulatory challenges […]

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To Support America’s Electrification, We’ll Need More Copper Than Ever Before

With all the focus on the need for critical minerals rather than copper, this oversight is ironic given that many of the critical minerals, like rhenium, are in fact common by-products of copper deposits. If the U.S. is to secure its EV industry, it must also focus on building a more robust copper supply chain, […]

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United States Must Scale Up EV Spending To Chase Down Chinese Dominance Across the Supply Chain

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that President Biden’s infrastructure plan contains $174 billion in funding for the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) industry, SAFE calls for bipartisan cooperation to overtake China’s vast control over the EV supply chain. Admiral Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Chairman of SAFE, said: “A robust and growing EV […]

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USPS Delivery Vehicle Decision Plays Directly Into China’s Hands

As electric vehicles become more prominent in our landscape, there is a huge battle underway for the inside of every electric vehicle. And while it may not seem like an important part of this international technology fight, the recent United States Postal Service’s much-anticipated contract to replace its current fleet of iconic delivery vehicles has […]

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Building America’s Energy Future: A Conversation with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm

The global transportation system is going electric. What can the U.S. do to lead this transition? U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm joined SAFE for an in-depth conversation on the energy transition, the United States’ need to lead this transition and its prospects for American jobs. In her remarks, she noted the U.S. Department of […]

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The US Is Falling Behind China in the Race for Electric Vehicles

Unless things change, and soon, Beijing will corner the market on the materials, components, and vehicles that will power the 21st century economy, write SAFE Chairman Adm. Dennis Blair and SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond. (Read More) […]

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SAFE Study Finds 647,000 Jobs Created in U.S. Transition to New Transportation Technologies.

Washington, D.C.— Calculating the labor market impact of the recommendations contained in its Commanding Heights of Global Transportation report, SAFE’s proposals create 647,000 jobs sustained over the next 1-5 years, according to independent research commissioned by SAFE. This research was conducted by Dr. Robert Wescott and Keybridge Public Policy Economics. “The auto sector is key […]

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SAFE Commends White House Supply Chain Executive Order

Washington, D.C.—Responding to reports that President Biden will be signing an Executive Order to review the global supply chains for critical materials, including large capacity batteries, semiconductors and critical minerals, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The President’s reported actions cannot come a moment too soon. As we outlined in Commanding […]

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SAFE Disappointed USPS Delivery Vehicle Contract Lacks Full Electrification Commitment

Washington, D.C.—In response to the announcement by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that it has awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh Defense to build its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “It is disappointing that today’s announcement does not immediately commit to electrifying one of our […]

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Texas Outages Demonstrate Need For Supergrid, Energy Storage Provisions In Infrastructure Package

Washington, D.C.—Responding to the power outages in Texas due to the freezing temperatures in the state, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Texas is suffering under the cascading crises of cold and COVID, and provides a sobering lesson of what can happen to communities when problems pile up and affect the […]

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SAFE Congratulates Transportation Secretary Buttigieg On Senate Confirmation

Washington, D.C.— SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement regarding the confirmation of Pete Buttigieg as U.S. Secretary of Transportation: “As a former Midwest mayor, Secretary Buttigieg has extensive on-the-ground experience with federal transportation policy, and knows first-hand how good infrastructure can improve communities. We are pleased that he brings that ‘mayors […]

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SAFE Commends GM Plan To Go EV-Only By 2035

Washington, D.C.—Responding to General Motors’ announcement that it plans to offer only electric vehicles by 2035, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “It is exciting to see a major U.S. automaker make such a bold statement that recognizes the future of transportation is electric, but comes with a warning that we […]

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SAFE Applauds Biden Vehicle Electrification Announcement As Step Toward Competing With China For EV Dominance

Washington, D.C.—In response to President Biden’s announcement to electrify the entire U.S. government vehicle fleet, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The global transportation system is going electric, and the current supply chain is dominated by China. This announcement recognizes the need for America to compete with her biggest strategic rival […]

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SAFE Applauds NHTSA Rulemaking On AV Design, Calls On Biden Administration To Maintain Momentum

Washington, D.C.—In response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finalizing its rulemaking on adjusting federal motor vehicle safety standards to account for new autonomous vehicle (AV) designs, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This rulemaking optimizes self-driving safety, provides clarity for industry and is ultimately a very strong step toward […]

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Saudi Unilateral Oil Cut Decision Must Propel U.S. Electrification Efforts

Washington, D.C.—In response to Saudi Arabia’s “political and sovereign” decision to unilaterally cut 1 million barrels per day of oil production in addition to other OPEC members maintaining output cuts, which has sent U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate above $50, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The Saudi government has […]

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2019 NHTSA Traffic Fatality Statistics Show Urgent Need For Autonomous Vehicle And Driver-Assist Technology Deployment

Washington, D.C.—In response to figures published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that show 2019 road traffic fatalities falling to 36,096—a 2 percent fall from 36,835 in 2018—SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This small reduction is positive but considerably inadequate. There were still more than 36,000 deaths on U.S. […]

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The battery arms race is on, and the US is barely in the running

As the world transitions away from oil to one powered by EVs and batteries, the battery industry will take on enormous economic and strategic significance – and is dominated by China. Without concerted, comprehensive action, we could wake up 10 years from now and discover that we lost a race we didn’t compete in because […]

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Critical Minerals Supply Chain Development Vital For American Economic And National Security

Washington, D.C.—In response to recently-published guidance opening loans totaling $42 billion from the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office for critical minerals projects, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Tomorrow’s economies will be powered by batteries and electric transportation fed by a robust critical minerals supply chain, and the country that […]

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As OPEC Decision Looms, SAFE Warns Against Making OPEC Policy Dependence Mistake Again With China And EVs

Washington D.C.—As global oil markets and the U.S. shale industry wait for an imminent decision from OPEC on whether to maintain its unprecedented oil production cuts, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Relying on a commodity dominated by countries that do not share our strategic interests is no way to power […]

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SAFE Criticizes FCC Safety Spectrum Cut

Washington, DC—After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted yesterday to reassign a portion of the 5.9 GHz transportation safety band to allow use by unlicensed Wi-Fi content providers, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The future of transportation is connected transportation. The FCC’s decision to eat away at the spectrum set […]

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SAFE Urges Comprehensive, Bipartisan Response To Chinese Industrial Leadership In Batteries, EVs And Other Mobility Technologies

Washington, D.C.— SAFE congratulates Joe Biden as President-elect and Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect and the first ever woman to achieve that. Now, as President-elect Biden begins to assemble his cabinet and the United States Senate and House of Representatives organize for the 117th Congress, SAFE calls for bipartisan action to create a comprehensive plan […]

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China’s electric car strategy is starting to go global – and the U.S. is lagging behind

CNBC: In a future driven by electric vehicles, China is poised to dominate if the U.S. does not transform its automobile industry in coming years. In just one sign of how far ahead China has progressed in electric vehicle development, out of 142 lithium-ion battery megafactories under construction globally, 107 are set for China, versus […]

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We Must Defend U.S. Transportation Leadership to Preserve Our Global Authority

China is consolidating control of emerging technologies of immense strategic and economic importance—including electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and 5G. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Admiral Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence and commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, say ceding leadership in these technologies seriously threatens our national security and privacy, and outline […]

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Biden win could be net positive for metals and mining, observers say

Platts: Democrats are clearly very focused on the deployment but have acknowledged that we need to have the minerals, the industrial base, and Republicans are very on top of the upstream both for defense and other reasons, said Robbie Diamond, president and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy, a D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for the […]

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The world must counter China’s dominance of rare earths

Chinese dominance in rare earths is just the tip of the iceberg. The country has gained — and is determined to retain — a tight grip on a broad swath of minerals that form the foundations of tomorrow’s most important industries, argue General James T. Conway and Peter Ackerman of SAFE’s Energy Security Leadership Council. […]

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SAFE Applauds Cruise, California DMV For Permit To Go Fully Driverless

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that autonomous vehicle (AV) developer Cruise has received a permit from California’s DMV to deploy electric, self-driving vehicles without a backup driver, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This is a timely milestone for self-driving deployment and speeding the safety benefits of AVs. As the country […]

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Is Electromobility A Critical National Security Issue?

Inside EVs: China is securing control of assets all along the electromobility supply chain, from mineral extraction to battery production to vehicle manufacture, as the advocacy group Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) recently pointed out. (Read More) […]

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Having Bipartisan Support, U.S. Energy & Environmental Security Depends On Mining

Forbes: A recent report from Securing America’s Future Energy makes minerals, and boosting domestic mineral output, a key piece of the effort to win the future of mobility. More critical mining production has become an noncontroversial, bipartisan initiative, uniting various interests from coal executives to climate hawks. (Read More) […]

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SAFE Applauds China Task Force Recommendations, Calls For More Comprehensive Response

Washington, D.C.—In response to the recommendations released today by the Republican China Task Force, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The Task Force correctly diagnoses the risk of a rising China to American security and industrial base and is right to call for a bipartisan, whole-of-government response, but even more should […]

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China EV ambitions threat to entire US auto industry – report

Mining.com: A bipartisan, federal response is required for the United States to compete with China’s ownership of the next generation of transportation, according to a new report from Securing America’s Future Energy. (Read More) […]

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Geopolitical concerns lurk behind an EV future

Automotive News: China has consolidated control of key supply chains needed to produce EVs at global scale, according to the report from Securing America’s Future Energy, a nonpartisan group of military and business leaders that examines the convergence of energy policy and the transportation industry. (Read More) […]

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SAFE Urges Bipartisan, Coordinated Policy To Lead New Tech in Auto Industry and Protect Against Chinese Supply Chain Dominance In New Report

Paper confirms Chinese industrial strategy has given the country vast control over virtually every aspect of EV and battery supply chain and focus on autonomy, 5G, and AI; U.S. could lose core of its industrial sector without focused plan to compete. Washington, D.C.—A bipartisan, federal response is required for the United States to compete with […]

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US urged to subsidise electric cars on national security grounds

Financial Times: The US must urgently build up an electric vehicles industry or risk becoming dependent on China for its automotive future, a group of senior military and business leaders have warned. (Read More) […]

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SAFE Announces 2020-21 Class Of Energy Security Fellows

Washington, D.C.—SAFE announced today 27 new Fellows will join its 2020-21 Energy Security Fellows Program. The program provides the next generation of energy, transportation and national security professionals with access to high-level programming and networking opportunities, connecting them with individuals interested in advancing the national conversation on the future of American energy security. Fellows will […]

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The Commanding Heights Of Global Transportation

On September 24, SAFE launched The Commanding Heights of Global Transportation, a paper that assesses the competing ambitions of the United States and China for the future of global transportation, and offers policy recommendations to maintain U.S. leadership in this critical industry. Click here to watch the launch Click here to read the report A […]

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AVs Can Open Up Greater Economic Opportunities For Low-Income Communities Left Out By Today’s Transportation, New SAFE Study Finds

Washington, D.C.—Autonomous vehicles (AVs) hold significant potential to open up wider economic opportunities currently beyond the reach of many low-income households due to inadequate transportation, a new study by SAFE finds. The report, “Fostering Economic Opportunity through Autonomous Vehicle Technology,” concludes that on-demand, point-to-point AV transit can cut financial stress by providing reliable, affordable and […]

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SAFE Calls For Greater Urgency In Leading Development Of Tomorrow’s Transportation Technologies that are Key to U.S. Jobs and Industry

Washington, D.C.—In response to former Vice President Biden’s call to step up investments in owning tomorrow’s technologies, including batteries, SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Transportation is on the cusp of a global shift to an electric, connected and autonomous future. Sitting on the sidelines while China spends billions to lead […]

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Fostering Economic Opportunity through Autonomous Vehicle Technology

SAFE hosted a conversation between leading autonomous vehicle (AV) analysts to mark the launch of “Fostering Economic Opportunity through Autonomous Vehicle Technology”, a SAFE paper that addresses how AVs can redress imbalances for low-income communities, whose options are limited by inadequacies in today’s transportation. Alisyn Malek, Executive Director of the Commission on the Future of […]

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SAFE Applauds United Nations Global AV Milestone

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for its regulation on automated lane keeping systems (ALKS)—the first such international binding agreement of its kind, and adopted by a forum of which SAFE is part. “If we are to realize the tremendous societal promise of autonomous driving, it […]

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SAFE Applauds Key Transportation, Energy Programs In House Infrastructure Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends the U.S. House of Representatives’ inclusion of a number of key transportation and energy provisions in H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, that will enhance the country’s economic recovery, bolster U.S. energy security and strengthen the United States’ hand against China’s current lead in the next era of […]

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Fuel Economy Rules Undermine U.S. Energy Security

The Trump administration’s decision to roll back fuel economy standards is based on a complete misunderstanding of the OPEC-led international oil market, argues General Carlton D. Everhart of Securing America’s Future Energy. He says the standards condemn the U.S. to greater reliance on a commodity controlled by countries that do not share U.S. strategic priorities—and […]

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To Speed Our COVID-19 Recovery, Let’s Get America Moving Again

Smarter stimulus spending in key sectors such as transportation can ensure they bounce back stronger than they were, creating a more robust and resilient economy as a result. SAFE’s Get America Moving Again report contains recommendations that can achieve this smarter spending goal, write Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander-In-Chief, U.S. […]

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SAFE Applauds Electric Vehicle and Active Transportation Provisions In INVEST In America Act

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) commends provisions in the newly-released Investing In A New Vision For The Environment And Surface Transportation In America Act (INVEST In America) by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which will strengthen our economy through increased investments in next-generation transportation technologies. “Investing in the future of transportation now […]

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Get America Moving Again: Manufacturing

Thursday, May 21, 3:30-4:30pm ET. Zoom webinar: Please click here to register. As highlighted in SAFE’s recent Get America Moving Again (GAMA) report, the U.S. automotive and truck manufacturing industries support 9.9 million American jobs and the sector is critical to the recovery of our economy. To stimulate future growth, Congress must not focus simply […]

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SAFE Releases Comprehensive Plan To Get America Moving Again (GAMA)

Washington, D.C.—Alongside its tragic human cost, COVID-19 has illuminated the vulnerabilities of our economy, with more than 30 million Americans losing their jobs in just six weeks. To catalyze the country’s recovery and strengthen the U.S. economy, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is releasing Get America Moving Again (GAMA), a detailed plan focused on the […]

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Guest Op-Ed: Micromobility Can Get America Moving Again

As Congress considers legislation to get the nation moving again after the COVID-19 crisis, it should consider how micromobility could accelerate our economic recovery while America’s planes, trains, and automobiles get back up to speed, say Mark Joseph, CEO of Mobitas Advisors and Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE. (Read More) […]

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Oil’s Unbelievable Fall Must Spark US Energy Dominance Rethink

Oil prices falling to -$37 must provoke policymakers to rethink what energy dominance looks like—as it is clear the U.S. economy is reliant upon a commodity beyond American control and dominated by countries that do not share our priorities, writes General James T. Conway, 34th Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps and Robbie Diamond, President and CEO […]

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SAFE Applauds Auto Industry Commitment to Deploy Connected Vehicles to Retain Spectrum

Washington, D.C.—In response to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation sending a letter in support of preserving the 5.9 GHz “Safety Spectrum” to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “The FCC’s plan to reallocate the Safety Spectrum […]

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SAFE Urges Against Prorating In Letter To Texas Railroad Commission

Washington, D.C.—Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting by the Railroad Commission of Texas to consider prorating oil production in the state, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond submitted a letter urging against the practice. The letter calls upon the Commission to consider the long-term energy security consequences of such a decision. In the letter, he […]

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OPEC+ Decision Highlights U.S. Need To Reduce Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—As reports emerge of Saudi Arabia, Russia and OPEC+ agreeing to cut oil production, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) believes the United States must decouple its economy from the boom-bust oil market cycle engineered by the cartel and led by Saudi Arabia to maintain its grip on the oil market. “Saudi Arabia and Russia […]

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SAFE Warns Against Market Manipulation to Combat Manipulation As Oil CEOs Convene For White House Meeting

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports emerging from today’s White House meeting with oil industry CEOs that the discussions included potential cuts in U.S. production, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “A global production cut is not going to solve the structural deficiency of the oil market, which contributed […]

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It is time to stop letting Saudi Arabia push us around and protect our energy dominance

The effects of COVID-19 and the Saudi-Russia price war on the U.S. oil industry demonstrates the need for a comprehensive energy dominance strategy, write Adm. Dennis Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander-In-Chief, U.S. Pacific Command and Gen. Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant, U.S. Marine Corps (Read More) […]

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SAFE Issue Brief Calls For American Commitment To Free And Fair Oil Market

Washington, D.C.—Ahead of a White House meeting between President Trump and American oil executives tomorrow, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) has released an issue brief calling on policymakers to reiterate the United States’ commitment to free and fair markets—with passing the No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act (NOPEC) as a strong first step. The issue brief, […]

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Coronavirus-OPEC One-Two Punch Shows Need for U.S. Energy Dominance

American oil companies, already drowning in debt and struggling with the impacts of coronavirus, were blindsided by the recent Saudi-led price war. General James Conway, 34th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and John Lehman, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, say Covid-19 and the Saudi-led price war show the U.S. needs a plan for […]

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New Fuel Economy Rules Guarantee Industry Uncertainty At The Worst Moment

Washington, D.C.—In response to today’s release of new fuel economy rules by the Trump administration, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO, Robbie Diamond, made the following statement: “At such a difficult time when regulatory certainty is needed more than ever in our auto industry, these rules will plunge U.S. automakers into even greater […]

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SAFE Urges For Comprehensive Energy Solution Over Saudi Oil Alliance

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the Trump administration is considering the possibility of Saudi Arabia quitting OPEC to manipulate the oil market alongside the United States, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “This measure is a betrayal of America’s commitment to free markets, and is a […]

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Senators’ Letter To Saudi Arabia Shows Need For Real Energy Dominance

Washington, D.C.—In response to a letter sent by members of the U.S. Senate asking Saudi Arabia to slow oil production as the kingdom engages in a price war with Russia, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “While the United States is the world’s largest oil producer, continued […]

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SAFE President and CEO: With the Flick of a Switch, Saudi Arabia’s Decision Exposes Need For Real U.S. Energy Dominance

Washington, D.C—As the repercussions from Saudi Arabia’s decision to raise production continue to be felt in the U.S. energy industry, Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy, made the following statement: “With a flick of a switch, Saudi Arabia has sent oil prices into a freefall—threatening bankruptcies and vast unemployment in the […]

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SAFE Submits Comments and Letter Opposing FCC Plan To Cut Vehicle Safety Spectrum

Washington, D.C.—In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rule that would reallocate portions of the 5.9 GHz spectrum away from connected vehicle (V2X) applications, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted comments noting that revoking this spectrum from transportation applications will indefinitely forestall the realization of the significant safety and efficiency benefits of vehicle connectivity. “It […]

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Saudi Arabia’s OPEC+ Price War Continues To Show Urgent Need For U.S. To End Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—As Saudi Arabia ramps up production and slashes prices in the wake of  OPEC+ failing to agree on supply manipulation and the subsequent 30 percent drop in oil prices, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “American oil consumers and producers are only bystanders as Saudi Arabia […]

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SAFE Applauds Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Additional $240 Million Commitment to Curb Traffic Deaths Worldwide

Washington, D.C.—In response to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ announcement that it will commit a further $240 million to its support for global road safety, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We commend Bloomberg Philanthropies for this generous additional commitment to help curb traffic deaths worldwide. In 2018, more than 36,000 people […]

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SAFE Renews Call for Federal AV Legislation in Letter of Record For House Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a hearing of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record which calls for the establishment of a federal AV framework as a priority for America’s energy security, economy, […]

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SAFE Applauds NHTSA Approval of Nuro Self-Driving Petition

Washington, D.C.—In response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) approval of Nuro’s exemption petition to test driverless electric vehicles with novel designs on public roads, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “Granting this exemption is an incredibly important step forward in fully realizing the tremendous […]

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SAFE Responds To President Trump’s Energy Independence Assertion

Washington, D.C.— Today, President Trump declared that the United States has achieved energy independence. Regrettably, his assertion fails to appreciate the country’s overwhelming dependence on oil and the risk it poses to our economy. “While increased domestic crude production has definitely improved America’s energy security, we must not mistake this for energy independence. Our domestic production […]

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SAFE Applauds Workforce And Accessibility Focus in Department of Transportation’s AV 4.0

Washington, D.C.—The Department of Transportation today released the Trump administration’s third major document relating to AV policy, Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 (“AV 4.0”). AV 4.0 provides a full overview of the range of activities that the entire U.S. government is undertaking to prepare for automated vehicles (AVs). The document catalogs the […]

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Soleimani Strike, Increased U.S. Presence in Middle East Stresses Importance of Ending Dependence on Oil

Washington, D.C.—In response to the killing of Iranian Quds Force general Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad airport, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “We need to ask ourselves why the United States keeps sending troops to the Middle East and the persistent answer is […]

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SAFE Responds To Passing Of General P.X. Kelley

Washington, D.C.—In response to news of the passing of General Paul X. Kelley, the 28th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Chairman Emeritus of Securing America’s Future Energy’s (SAFE) Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond made the following statement: “As a founder of the Rapid Reaction Joint Task Force […]

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OPEC Agreement Ahead of Aramco IPO Latest Example of Cartel’s Collusion

Washington, D.C.—Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released the following statement in response to reports that OPEC has agreed to deepen production cuts by 500,000 barrels per day. “American policymakers have ignored the collusive and anti-competitive behavior of OPEC and its allies for far too long,” said Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of SAFE. “Colluding fleeces […]

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SAFE Calls For Expedited Federal AV Framework In Letter For Senate Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the development of safety technology for autonomous vehicles (AVs), Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record which calls for the establishment of a federal AV framework as an economic and national security priority. In the letter, submitted […]

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SAFE Makes Energy Security Case for EVs in Letter for House Hearing

Washington, D.C.—In connection with a hearing today with the House Committee on Energy & Commerce’s Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change on moving away from petroleum-based fuels in the transportation sector, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) submitted a letter for the hearing record that outlined the economic and national security need for reducing our dependence […]

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Deploying More Troops In Saudi Arabia Emphasizes National Security Need To Reduce U.S. Oil Dependence

Washington, D.C.—Reports that thousands of additional U.S. troops are to be sent to Saudi Arabia, in response to the September 14 attacks on Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq oil processing facility, are an urgent reminder for the United States to reduce its overwhelming reliance on oil. The news comes after reports that an Iranian oil tanker was […]

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Federal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security

China is America’s single largest strategic rival, working to undermine U.S. authority on the global stage by taking control of a variety of critical emerging industries — the electric vehicle (EV) industry in particular. Beijing has declared capturing the EV supply chain to be a strategic priority, but Congress has a chance to counter this […]

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Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say

The report predicts autonomous vehicles will contribute some $800 billion annually “in economic and societal benefits” when AVs are fully deployed. The benefits will come from cost savings related to reduced crashes, fuel efficiency and better access to transportation. (Read More) […]

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Self-Driving Cars Likely Won’t Steal Your Job (Until 2040)

A new report finds that while some jobs, like trucking, will eventually fade, autonomous tech will benefit the economy overall. In fact, they’ll eventually feed the economy, accruing an estimated $800 billion in annual benefits by 2050, a number mostly in line with previous researchers’ projections. (Read More) […]

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U.S. Oil Reserve Would Fall Nearly in Half Under Budget Deal

Geopolitical risk is alive and well in the oil market, and the SPR is America’s only formal short-term line of defense against oil supply disruptions and price spikes, says SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond. (Read More) […]

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EPA, California must compromise in their fight over weakened fuel-efficiency standards, experts say

SAFE CEO Robbie Diamond believes California and the Trump administration should compromise on new national fuel economy standards to provide more certainty in the marketplace and eliminate the prospect of a legal battle. (Read More) […]

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Report: Trucking undergoing ‘technological revolution’

Big gains in fuel efficiency and safety lay ahead if policymakers give the industry ‘flexibility’ to achieve them, group says. (Read More) […]

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Report: Advanced tech can bring huge fuel savings to trucking industry

A new report from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) says advanced technologies can bring huge fuel savings in the oil-thirsty trucking industry — if Congress and federal agencies make policy changes that catalyze their deployment. (Read More) […]

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New Report Suggests Workforce, Safety Concerns for Automated Trucks Are Overblown

Commercial trucking is likely to be one of the first sectors that benefits from vehicle automation and connectivity, according to a new report from Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). (Read More) […]

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Environmentalists, automakers fight over Trump’s proposed fuel efficiency standards rollback

Robbie Diamond, CEO and president of Securing America’s Future Energy, insists there is a deal to be had that accommodates the concerns of both sides. “It is in no one’s interest to have competing standards between our largest state and the rest of the country,” Diamond said. (Read More) […]

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Opinion: National Security Interests Best Served by Modern Fuel Economy Standards

As the world’s largest consumer of this critical commodity with a transportation system that is 92 percent powered by oil, the United States is particularly vulnerable to the economic stress of price spikes and volatility. A technical review of existing fuel economy standards is underway, creating an opportunity for regulators in the federal government and […]

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Industry-Backed Bill Would Create Federal Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

Eric Danko, SAFE’s vice president of government affairs and coalitions management, said that it’s possible this was an oversight since low-emissions vehicles are the only category of exemptions left out of the legislation — but it is an issue that needs to be rectified before moving forward. (Read More) […]

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LTE: Electric Cars Help America Depend Less on Oil

If America is to remain prosperous and secure in the 21st century, we must reduce our oil dependence by ensuring fuel diversity. Electric vehicles running on diverse and domestic fuels like nuclear, natural gas, coal or renewables are our opportunity to break oil’s monopoly. Unless we act, 90% of our transportation network will remain oil […]

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Blind ‘Drivers’ Step Up to Shape U.S. Push for Driverless Cars

Requiring that passengers in an autonomous vehicle that needs no human intervention have a driver’s license is a “needless restriction” that would blunt the impact of the technology on the disabled community, Securing America’s Future Energy said in a recent study commissioned along with the Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for the disabled. (Read […]

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Smart Columbus: What Does it Mean for Mobility?

Robbie Diamond, a consultant to the team from SAFE, Securing America’s Future Energy, believes the key is getting CEOs to commit to electric vehicles for their personal use, to purchase electric vehicles for corporate fleets and to expand the number of charging stations for personal vehicles parked at the office. (Read More) […]

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Trump Wants to Sell Half the U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve For More Cash

The White House said it would roughly halve the amount of crude stored in the SPR over the next ten years, selling off 270 million barrels of oil and leaving 260 million in reserve. SAFE President and CEO Robbie Diamond termed the move as “misguided.” (Read More) […]

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Trump Proposes Selling Off Half U.S. Strategic Oil Reserve

The White House plan to trim the national debt includes selling off half of the nation’s emergency oil stockpile and the entire backup gasoline supply, but Securing America’s Future Energy believes the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is “America’s only formal short-term line of defense against oil supply disruptions and price spikes.” (Read More) […]

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Gray Matters: The future of driving

According to a study by Securing America’s Future Energy published in January, self-driving cars are the wave of the future. Technology is on its way to on-demand mobility solutions that will impact everyone on numerous levels. Beyond transportation, this technology will affect our economy, our energy independence and issues related to national security. The benefits […]

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Trump Plans to Review Fuel Economy Standards, and Maybe That’s a Good Thing

Securing America’s Future Energy, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and an advocate for fuel-efficient cars, noted that a review of fuel economy standards could improve the existing regulations by accounting for new technologies and business models. (Read More) […]

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In Michigan Visit, President Trump Reopens Review of Fuel-Economy Standards

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a nonpartisan think tank that explores energy and transportation policy with the goal of promoting economy and national security, believes a broader focus on the entire mobility system, rather than individual vehicles, will result in reductions in oil demand as well as less burdensome regulations. (Read More) […]

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Trump to reopen review of US fuel efficiency standards

Although the move to reassess Obama-era decision threatens to slow the development of electric cars, Robbie Diamond, president of Securing America’s Future Energy, said there was “no reason for environmentalists, automakers and conservatives to risk a nuclear war over these rules”. (Read More) […]

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Trump won’t seek to roll back California vehicle authority

As President Trump announced a review of fuel economy standards, Securing America’s Energy Future (SAFE)—a non-partisan group of energy advocates and retired military leaders—urged the federal government, California and others to work together. (Read More) […]

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Trump takes steps toward undoing Obama’s auto emissions limits

President Donald Trump will tap the brakes Wednesday on the Obama administration’s tightening of future vehicle emissions limits. Securing America’s Future Energy, a group focused on reducing dependence on oil, called for all sides to come to the table. (Read More) […]

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Car ownership may decrease in the U.S.—here’s why

At CES 2017, SAFE’s Commission on Autonomous Vehicle Testing and Safety launched its best-practice recommendations for self-driving cars, which demonstrate that shared, electric AVs are a good path toward achieving energy security. (Read more) […]

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Self-Driving Cars: The Three Legs of Future Mobility

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) is a nonprofit organization composed primarily of military and business leaders determined to develop and advocate for policies that improve America’s energy security by curtailing our dependence on oil. Think electric. Last year, SAFE put together a blue-ribbon panel of experts to study the testing of AVs, making recommendations for […]

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How driverless cars can empower Americans with disabilities

According to a new report, Self-Driving Cars: The Impact on People with Disabilities, released yesterday by the Ruderman Family Foundation and Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), the potential of driverless vehicles to liberate Americans with disabilities from transportation issues, bring more people into the workforce, and save substantially on health care, is vast. (Read more.) […]

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Autonomous cars are ‘the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road’, says industry figurehead

Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level. (Read more.) […]

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California’s Race to Regulate Slams Brakes on Innovation

The U.S. government is prepared to treat artificial intelligence in Google’s “self-driving” car as a legal “driver,” likely clearing a major obstacle on the way to reinventing transportation as we know it. Unfortunately, as they race to catch up with the automotive and tech industries, regulators may end up sending American mobility backwards, not forwards. […]

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Driverless cars could go on sale by 2018, says former GM exec

Driverless electric cars are closer to becoming a reality, but issues still exist. Nearly 3,000 roadway deaths could be prevented worldwide every day if humans could be removed from the driving equation. Nobody’s talking about taking people out of their cars, but rather, taking them out of the driver’s seat. (Read More.) […]

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Toyota and US think tank moving to bring forth the demise of the internal combustion engine

For years there have been reports of the internal combustion engines’ approaching death and they might all be entirely premature, but events unfolding around the world are now establishing a favorable climate for the successor technologies. Read More. […]

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SAFE launches Autonomous Vehicle Task Force

Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) has formed an Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, a group of leading experts who will guide SAFE as it develops an action plan to facilitate the widespread deployment of this technology. Read More. […]

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World of driverless pods could transform mobility

Larry Burns, professor of engineering practice at the University of Michigan, sketched a future of driverless, intercommunicating, on-demand, two-seat “pods” that will dramatically alter how we get around at an Oct. 14 Newsmakers Event at the National Press Club. Read More. […]

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Toyota, new task force could boost non-gas options

Reports of the internal combustion engine’s demise may be premature, but two events Wednesday could make it happen sooner. Toyota said that it intends to cut the average emissions from its vehicles by 90% from 2010 to 2050. That means conventional gasoline-only vehicles will be a small minority of its products as hybrids and fuel cells […]

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Group launches task force to speed driverless cars

A group working to reduce U.S. oil use is launching a task force to help development of self-driving cars. Experts believe the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles will eventually dramatically reduce oil use by sharply reducing congestion, avoiding crashes and maintaining proper distance between vehicles. Read More. […]

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Blair: Reducing Fuel Use by Trucks to Improve Energy Security

Implementing stronger efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks is not just about climate policy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for regulating trucks will improve American energy security by reducing our dangerous oil dependence. Read More. […]

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OPEC maintains output. Is anyone steering oil markets? (+video)

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced it would keep oil output unchanged during its meeting Friday. That inaction won’t answer any of the myriad questions surrounding the future of the world’s most dominant fuel. Read More.   […]

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