California law requires cars to burn a special blend of fuel that emits less pollution than gas sold in other states. Yet is any gasoline really clean? Here Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune spars with Cathy Reheis-Boyd, President of Western States Petroleum Association. Their exchange was part of "Drill, Baby, Spill," a conversation about the oil disaster and how to transition to a clean energy economy.
Jim Boyd, Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission, and Dan Miller, Managing Director of The Roda Group, also took part in the lively dialogue at Climate One at The Commonwealth Club on May 18th, 2010.
Jim Boyd is Vice Chair of the California Energy Commission.
Michael Brune is the executive director of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and a founding board member of Oil Change International, an organization dedicated to dissolving the political barriers to a clean energy transition.
At age 26, Brune joined RAN to direct its campaign to convince Home Depot to stop selling wood from endangered forests. After a year of creative protests, celebrity activism, and shareholder advocacy, Home Depot agreed. Time magazine called it the top environmental story of 1999, and the announcement led to the protection of 5 million acres in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.
Dan Miller is Managing Director of the Roda Group. He is the former president of Ask Jeeves, Inc., a Roda Group affiliate company. He is currently working with a number of Roda Group affiliated companies to assist them with their business development efforts. Mr. Miller sits on the Board of several Roda Group companies.
At the end of 1994, Mr. Miller retired from his position as Executive Vice President of TCSI Corporation (Nasdaq: TCSI), a company he co-founded with his Roda Group partner, Roger Strauch. Mr. Miller retired from the Board of Directors of TCSI in June of 1997. TCSI is a leading provider of integrated software products and services for the global telecommunications industry.
Prior to TCSI, Mr. Miller was a systems engineer at Hughes Aircraft's Space and Communications Group where he was responsible for designing communications payloads for commercial communications satellites.
Cathy Reheis-Boyd is President of Western States Petroleum Association.