We got a nice public statement of support yesterday from Andy Karsner (DOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) during his news conference at the Washington DC Auto Show.
The support is real - for some time, DOE experts have been actively working with us on issues ranging from public education to AXP technical figures of merit (defining fair and technically-sound methods of comparing the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of different fuel sources and drive trains). Note that Ed Wall from DOE and Michael Wang from Argonne are serving on our Prize Development Advisory Board.
We have similar support from EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality - experts there are working with us on AXP standards for criteria emissions. Note that Jeff Alson from that office is likewise serving on our Advisory Board.
The cynics among you might wonder if there are strings attached, but no. Indeed, one of the most gratifying things about designing the AXP has been the generous support and help from many quarters - all from organizations and individuals who believe in the AXP and want to help it succeed.