SECURING AMERICAS FUTURE ENERGY FOUNDATION

aka SAFE   |   Washington, DC   |  www.secureenergy.org

Mission

SAFE enhances the nation’s energy security and supports our economic resurgence and resiliency, by advancing transformative transportation and mobility technologies and ensuring that the United States secures key aspects of the technology supply chain to achieve and maintain our strategic advantage.

Ruling year info

2004

President and CEO

Robbie Diamond

Main address

1111 19th St NW Ste 406

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

20-1727977

NTEE code info

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to reducing dependence on oil so that it does not have a monopoly on the transportation sector. The near total dependence of the transportation sector on oil, which fuels more than 92 percent of miles traveled, represents a profound threat to global stability and progress. Significantly reducing such dependence represents a strategic-level priority for combatting rising levels of economic, social, political, and environmental uncertainty, all of which reflect in substantial part the pernicious effects of oil price volatility.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Drive policy reform at the federal, state, and local level

SAFE has a number of programs. Listed here are three programmatic areas. One key programmatic area is driving policy reform at the federal, state, and local level to encourage energy and transportation policies that reduce U.S. oil dependence and incentivize innovation. Under this falls SAFE's efforts to promote stringent fuel economy standards, to support the electric vehicle tax credit, and to understand how the U.S. economy, and the American energy sector, are harmed by the efforts of OPEC and national oil companies to distort the market.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Under the program area of "accelerate adoption of alternatives through targeted deployment efforts across the country with high-impact returns that build confidence in new technologies, including AVs, create demand for advanced fuel vehicles, and convene all necessary stakeholders in support of building a new transportation ecosystem" falls SAFE's Autonomous Vehicle Initiative, an area SAFE asserts provides the most promising path to accelerating wide scale adoption of advanced fuel vehicles, the creation of accelerator communities—cities and regions where all the necessary public and private stakeholder partnerships are combined with appropriate policy, regulatory support, and consumer education to substantially increase the sale of EVs, and the area of smart mobility, with comprehensive transportation strategies that maximize efficiency across all sectors of an urban environment and promote the adoption of advanced fuel vehicles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The third program area involves reframing the national energy debate and mobilizing constituencies around oil displacement, fuel alternatives, and autonomous transportation. This is done through the deployment of members of the Energy Security Leadership Council, SAFE's signature advocacy group of high-profile business and retired military leaders; , leveraging the broad base of advocates cultivated over time to provide deeper and more persistent engagement with conservative thought leaders and policymakers and to strengthen relationships with influencers in Washington and in key states; and promotion of SAFE's online energy information service, The Fuse, which has become an integral component of SAFE’s efforts to promote intelligent, well-informed, unbiased conversations around the issue of energy security and paths to achieving it.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SAFE is committed to reducing the United States' dependence on oil. The U.S. depends on petroleum fuels for 92 percent of the energy used by the transportation sector. This overwhelming dependence on a single resource, the price of which is volatile and manipulated by a production cartel (OPEC), threatens the American economy with the specter of price spikes and severely hinders the nation's ability to conduct foreign policy, including military action, in its own interest. To free the U.S. from the economic and national security constraints of this dependence, SAFE is determined to see the nation's reliance on oil to power transportation reduced to no more than fifty percent by the year 2040. In pursuing this goal, SAFE's efforts will have the added benefit of addressing many other issues, including climate change and the environmental impacts of current oil usage, as well as driving global markets to solve the problem around the world.

SAFE will continue to further its strategy to (1) drive policy reform at the federal, state, and local level to encourage energy and transportation polices that reduce U.S. oil dependence and incentivize innovation; (2) accelerate adoption of alternatives through targeted deployment efforts across the country with high-impact returns that build confidence in new technologies, including AVs, create demand for advanced fuel vehicles, and convene all necessary stakeholders in support of building a new transportation ecosystem; and (3) reframe the national energy debate and mobilize constituencies around oil displacement, fuel alternatives, and autonomous transportation.

After more than a decade of building relationships and expertise through a non-partisan approach, SAFE is well-positioned to work with the Trump administration and Congress towards the organization's goal of reduced dependence on oil in the transportation sector. A confluence of factors puts SAFE in an influential position that is unique among organizations working on transportation issues. SAFE's Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a cohort of CEOs and retired four-star admirals and generals with impeccable credentials, are ideal to make the case for why the country should address the persistent threat of oil's energy security vulnerability.

In 2006, SAFE and the ESLC proposed reforming and increasing fuel economy standards in conjunction with increased domestic production to reduce U.S. dependence on oil and serve the country's national security interests. These efforts culminated in President George W. Bush signing the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which required fuel economy standards to reach an average of 35 mpg by 2020.

In 2009, SAFE launched the Electrification Coalition—a group of business leaders representing the entire value chain for an electrified transportation system—and released the Electrification Roadmap, which continues to be some of the best research on electric vehicle technology and policy. This work culminated in the Smart City Challenge that awarded Columbus, OH with $40 million and has already generated more than $400 million in additional private sector investments.

In 2013, SAFE released an updated National Strategy for Energy Security. This document outlined a comprehensive strategy for U.S. energy security. This document also introduced the concept of an Energy Security Trust Fund which would expand offshore drilling on federal lands and use oil revenues to seed research and development of alternative advanced-fuel vehicles, and this. This proposal and SAFE were cited, mentioned and supported by Obama in his 2014 State of the Union Address.

Since 2015, SAFE has taken a leadership role in promoting connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as ridesharing, and has worked with industry and other stakeholders to advance pro-innovation AV policy. In 2016's updated National Strategy for Energy Security: The Innovation Revolution, SAFE laid the philosophical underpinnings for NHTSA's AV Policy Guidance released later that year. SAFE believes this technology is critical to accelerating the adoption of EVs and reduced oil usage.

In 2017, SAFE encouraged the Trump administration to leverage new technologies and business models to reduce oil consumption while lessening the regulatory burden of fuel economy standards, and have played a leading role in the drafting of both House and Senate AV legislation through our work as a founding member of the Coalition on Future Mobility.

Financials

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Operations

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SECURING AMERICAS FUTURE ENERGY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 07/25/2022
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Board chair

Reuben Munger

Vision Ridge Partners, LLC

Dennis Blair

Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

Robbie Diamond

Securing America's Future Energy Foundation

Michael Granoff

Maniv Investments

Robert Hirt

Yeshiva University

Alfred Hoffman, Jr.

Former U.S. Ambassador

Harold Levy

Iridian Capital

Louis Mayberg

ProFunds Group

Alexander Stuart

North Star Investments

Andrea Zucker

NEXUS Global Summit

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No