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.

Taxes & Economy

Families Benefit from Natural Gas Without Tax

  • Gordon Tomb
  • March 10, 2015

Of the many tax hikes in Gov. Wolf’s  budget proposal, the natural gas severance tax on the surface seems less damaging to Pennsylvania families. But a severance tax could hit…

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Taxes & Economy

Talk of Severance Tax Reduces Drilling

  • Gordon Tomb
  • February 26, 2015

What a shock! A gas exploration company says it is reevaluating plans to drill for natural gas in Southwestern Pennsylvania because of Gov. Wolf’s proposed severance tax, reports…

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Taxes & Economy

Marcellus Shale Successes Continue

  • Gordon Tomb
  • February 10, 2015

The stories continue: more jobs, increased tax revenue and cheap energy, all from the free-market production of Marcellus Shale gas. Take last week’s report from the Central Pennsylvania…

Media

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Regulation

EPA Rule Would Increase PA Energy Bills by $1,000

  • Gordon Tomb
  • November 26, 2014

The war on coal will be a catastrophe for consumers, according to a new analysis of energy prices under new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. According to…

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Regulation

Green Jobs Threatened by EPA Regs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • November 17, 2014

John Oelbracht has managed the Westwood Generation power plant in Schuylkill County for 10 years. It’s more than a job to him—it’s an undertaking to clean up the environment while…

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

New Tax Would Add to Challenges of Gas Industry

  • Gordon Tomb
  • October 6, 2014

Armstrong County farmer Randy Walker worries about the effect of a natural gas severance tax on his royalties and the job market. Mr. Walker’s concerns are well founded. The natural gas…

Commentary

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Public Union Democracy

Employees Lose Under PA’s Public Pension Systems

  • Gordon Tomb
  • September 16, 2014

Most workers are shortchanged by Pennsylvania’s public employee pension programs, according to two recent studies. The Urban Institute gives Pennsylvania’s State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS) an “F”…

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Taxes & Economy

Severance Tax Benefits the Powerful at Citizens’ Expense

  • Gordon Tomb
  • May 6, 2014

Washington County farmer Shawn Georgetti was living paycheck to paycheck before the Marcellus Shale boom. Thanks to a natural gas lease, he’s finally been able to upgrade his 30-year-old equipment.

Commentary

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Taxes & Economy

Warning to PA: Alternative Energy Subsidies Damage Europe

  • Gordon Tomb
  • February 12, 2014

State legislators who advocate for an expansion of government incentives for alternative energy sources need to pay attention to the events happening across the pond where the European Commission is…

Media

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Taxes & Economy

EPA Regulations Threaten Pennsylvania Jobs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • January 3, 2014

The prospects for Pennsylvania coal industry have gotten so bad that Tom Crooks has contemplated moving his company from the state to find greener pastures Crooks is vice…

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Regulation

Let Markets Decide Natural Gas Role

  • Gordon Tomb
  • November 5, 2013

Could natural gas replace gasoline or diesel for Pennsylvania drivers? With natural gas certain to become even more plentiful, many people are asking whether that could someday be…

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Taxes & Economy

Fracking Helps Poor More than Government Programs

  • Gordon Tomb
  • September 10, 2013

The natural gas boom spawned by free enterprise and new technology is doing more to help the poor than LIHEAP, a decades-old welfare program, according to the Wall…

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Taxes & Economy

Drilling Moratorium Handcuffs Landowners, Stunts Economy

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 18, 2013

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) continues to stymie development of the Marcellus Shale in all or parts of 13 Pennsylvania counties even as Governor Corbett, Senator Pat…

Media

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Taxes & Economy

EPA Quietly Drops Flawed Fracking Study

  • Gordon Tomb
  • July 8, 2013

With all of its enormous resources, the federal government’s capacity to influence exceeds even that of Hollywood and Madison Avenue. That is why it is so disconcerting when Washington…

Media

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Taxes & Economy

Demanding More Dollars From Drillers

  • Gordon Tomb
  • May 20, 2013

Pennsylvania’s new drilling impact fee has not deterred special interests from demanding more money from the state’s most prolific producers of new energy. Act 13 of 2012 imposed…

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Taxes & Economy

Free-market Gas Outshines Subsidized Solar

  • Gordon Tomb
  • April 9, 2013

One news story highlights hundreds of jobs lost and millions of taxpayer dollars down the drain via corporate welfare. Another celebrates millions of new state revenue and free market job…

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Taxes & Economy

Taking Wind out of the Subsidy Sail

  • Gordon Tomb
  • April 4, 2013

For years, you’ve heard conservatives say the wind power industry would be better off without government subsidies. But now even wind industry advocate and Tang Energy CEO Patrick Jenevin…

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Taxes & Economy

FrackNation Exposes Gasland Lies

  • Gordon Tomb
  • March 14, 2013

“FrackNation” is not only about the development of natural gas, but also about journalism, says Phelim McAleer, co-director of the 70-minute documentary. Shown this week to about 70…

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Taxes & Economy

Carbon Tax Devastating for Manufacturers

  • Gordon Tomb
  • March 7, 2013

A study reported by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association says a carbon tax would have a devastating effect on the state’s manufacturers. Manufacturing output in energy-intensive activities could drop by…

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