Gordon Tomb

Senior Fellow

Gordon Tomb is a Senior Fellow with the Commonwealth Foundation.

Gordon is senior advisor for the CO2 Coalition in Arlington, Virginia, and the primary editor of the best-selling book Inconvenient Facts: The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know.

As an energy writer and consultant, his clients have included the natural gas and nuclear power industries and the operator of the nation’s largest high-voltage transmission system.

Gordon has spoken on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency on lessons of the Fukushima and Three Mile Island nuclear accidents and is a winner of the Cicero Speechwriting Awards.

As an executive in the electric utility and nuclear power industries, Gordon led communications teams in the recovery from the TMI accident, the development of an electric transmission project, and the reorganization of a FORTUNE 500 company. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist and as a director with an international management consulting firm.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended Grove City College.

Regulation

Energy Markets Need Reform, Not Subsidies

  • Gordon Tomb
  • February 12, 2018

How many industries can withstand a more than threefold increase in regulatory costs in a decade? Few, if any. Yet that's the reality for nuclear power plants. An…

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Taxes & Economy

Disco Governor Wants Money, Money, Money

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Gordon Tomb
  • February 7, 2018

Money, money, money/Always sunny/In a rich man’s world. Sung by ABBA in 1976. A governing mantra of Tom Wolf in 2018. More tax dollars seem to be Gov. Wolf's answer…

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Taxes & Economy

Coal and Nuclear Subsidies Rejected, Time to End All Energy Subsidies

  • Gordon Tomb
  • January 10, 2018

Government subsidies for so-called green energy are contributing to the closings of coal and nuclear plants that keep Pennsylvania’s electricity system reliable. In response, the U.S. Department of Energy…

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Government Accountability

Inconvenient Facts: Debunking Climate Alarmists

  • Gordon Tomb
  • November 2, 2017

Governments should focus on supporting economic prosperity to enable better adaption to climate changes instead of controlling carbon footprints. Consider the contrast in hurricane recoveries between Florida, where an…

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Taxes & Economy

Could Gas Go the Way of Foxconn?

  • Gordon Tomb
  • August 16, 2017

One company’s decision not to locate in Pennsylvania foreshadows the migration in capital and jobs the commonwealth would suffer under a higher gas tax. Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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Regulation

A Double Whammy for PA Job Creators

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 12, 2017

The governor continues to insist on hiking natural gas taxes to balance the budget, while bureaucrats are heaping regulatory burdens on Pennsylvania’s most dynamic industry of the past decade.

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Taxes & Economy

Pennsylvania’s ‘Economic Iron Curtain’

  • Gordon Tomb
  • May 15, 2017

Imagine discovering buried treasure on your property. Suddenly, you can provide for your family, send your kids to college debt-free, pay off your parent’s mortgage, or fund your retirement. It…

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Regulation

Don’t Wait on Washington for Manufacturing Jobs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • December 12, 2016

During his campaign stops in Pennsylvania, President-elect Donald Trump touted his intention to bring manufacturing jobs back to the state. That’s a worthy goal, but the truth…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

PA’s Conflicted Relationship with Natural Gas

  • Gordon Tomb
  • December 6, 2016

The government giveth, and the government taketh away. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Pennsylvania’s relationship with the natural gas industry. On the one hand, Gov. Wolf offers a…

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Taxes & Economy

Lessons from Fracking’s Borderlines

  • Gordon Tomb
  • September 20, 2016

New Yorkers shouldn’t have to eye secession to tap the riches beneath their feet. Pennsylvanians shouldn’t have to worry that taxes and regulations will drive away opportunity and raise energy…

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Taxes & Economy

PA Manufacturing Withers Under High Tax Load

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 6, 2016

As Harrisburg searches for politically acceptable tax hikes to fund a record-breaking budget, Pennsylvania’s attractiveness to manufacturers continues to decline. According to a study reported by the Central…

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Taxes & Economy

Press Pause on Clean Power Plan

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Gordon Tomb
  • February 16, 2016

In a historic move, the US Supreme Court stayed the EPA's Clean Power Plan, otherwise known as Obama's energy tax or stealth cap and trade. The court’s actions halt implementation…

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Taxes & Economy

Pennsylvanians Prosper as New Yorkers Pine

  • Gordon Tomb
  • January 26, 2016

They are similar in size, resources and population, but the past few years have brought prosperity to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and stagnation to Delaware County, New York. The big difference?…

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Regulation

The EPA’s Plan Will Hike Your Electricity Bill

  • Gordon Tomb
  • December 30, 2015

A new analysis from NERA Economic Consulting projects Pennsylvania electricity bills will increase between 10 and 19 percent from 2022 to 2033…

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Regulation

The Mirage of Green Jobs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • October 2, 2015

Promoters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon-emission regulation attempt to playdown the jobs it would kill with promises of “green jobs”. Yet these positions pay less and are largely…

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Regulation

Could Coal’s Savior be PA’s Legislature?

  • Elizabeth Stelle, Gordon Tomb
  • August 5, 2015

180 workers in CONSOL Energy’s coal division recently lost their jobs. Now, Pennsylvania’s legislature may be the only thing standing between the Obama administration and complete destruction of the…

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Taxes & Economy

A Cooked Goose Lays No Golden Eggs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 21, 2015

Gov. Wolf continues to promote a severance tax on natural gas, even as Pennsylvania energy companies report financial losses and job reductions. This week, Consol Energy projected…

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Taxes & Economy

Gas Tax Critics Champion, not Oppose, Progress

  • Gordon Tomb
  • June 9, 2015

Recently, Gov. Tom Wolf sent a letter to 17 business advocacy groups opposing his proposed severance tax on natural gas, accusing them of siding “with corporate special interests who simply…

Commentary

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State Budget

Natural Gas Severance Tax: An Economy Killer

  • Gordon Tomb
  • May 6, 2015

From labor unions to local chambers of commerce, community leaders are expressing a lot of anxiety over Governor Wolf’s natural gas severance tax proposal. The proposed tax “is a Wyoming…

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Education

Could Schools Be Harmed by a Severance Tax?

  • Gordon Tomb
  • April 2, 2015

As odd as it might sound, some rural schools could actually be harmed by Gov. Wolf’s efforts to increase education funding by imposing a severance tax on natural gas.

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