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Citizen Energy is a blog by Public Citizen’s clean energy advocates. Public Citizen advocates for clean and sustainable energy. We safeguard consumers from the impacts of electricity deregulation, educate the public on the dangers of nuclear power while encouraging responsible nuclear waste management, and fight against environmental degradation by promoting clean energy alternatives. Citizen Energy is a forum to share information and promote action around climate and energy policy. Our team of expert advocates will share insight on breaking events and developments on the climate and energy front.

Meet the authors

Tyson Slocum joined Public Citizen’s Energy Program in 2000 and is Director, promoting decentralized, sustainable energy and providing affordable clean energy solutions for working families. Tyson works to highlight the significant financial costs and safety and security risks associated with nuclear power. Tyson covers the regulation of electricity, natural gas and petroleum markets, including commodity futures and FERC-jurisdictional matters to promote stronger transparency measures. Tyson was appointed to serve on the CFTC’s newly created Energy & Environmental Markets Advisory Committee. Tyson also covers federal legislative efforts to address climate change, particularly the impact such programs will have on the ability of moderate- and low-income households to afford access to sustainable energy. Tyson has expertise on federal subsidies for the energy sector, and promotes refocusing such incentives away from the nuclear, oil and coal industries towards efficiency, renewable energy and mass transit. Tyson is the author of numerous reports on these subjects, presenting his findings in testimony before the U.S. Congress. He appears regularly in radio, print, and television media, including guest appearances on The Colbert Report. Prior to Public Citizen, Tyson was a policy analyst at the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and grew up in Newport, Rhode Island.

Allison Fisher joined the staff in March 2007 as Organizer. Allison earned her master’s degree in social work-community organizing from the University of Connecticut. She received her B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her undergraduate years were followed by two years in Guatemala as a Rural Youth at Risk Peace Corps volunteer. She is currently organizing around the relapse of nuclear power.

Lena Pons graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Since 2006, she has worked on transportation safety and energy policy, including motor vehicle safety standards, fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for motor vehicles, and travel demand reduction, including smart growth, promoting walking and biking, and creating friendly transportation systems for travelers in many modes. She has also focused on transportation-related aspects of climate policy, striving to find regulatory and legislative approaches to cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Andy Wilson works on global warming and campaign finance issues for Public Citizen. Born in San Diego, California, he has lived in many different places, including Delaware, Northern Virginia, Utah, New York City and 2 years in Southern Russia. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, where he first became interested in campaign finance issues working with Dr. David Magleby researching BCRA. He then pursued a Masters Degree from Fordham University in Campaigns and Elections, where he also worked with Global Strategy Group, a top political consulting and polling firm. Before coming to work with Public Citizen, Andy also worked for Unity08 as National Volunteer Coordinator. He currently lives in Austin with his wife and two children.

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