Energy Program Director, Public Citizen
Tyson Slocum is director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, covering climate change, coal, oil, fracking, nuclear energy, renewables and commodity market oversight. Tyson Slocum advocates for decentralized, affordable renewable energy for working families. Tyson has expertise on federal subsidies for the energy sector and promotes refocusing such incentives away from the nuclear, oil and coal industries toward rooftop solar and wind energy, energy efficiency and mass transit.
Tyson covers the regulation of electricity, natural gas and petroleum markets, including commodity futures and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) jurisdictional matters to promote transparency. Tyson serves on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) Energy and 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 is the author of numerous reports on these subjects and has presented his findings in testimony before the U.S. Congress. He appears regularly in print and on radio and television shows, including on PBS Newshour, The Colbert Report, MSNBC, Fox News and CNBC.
Prior to working for Public Citizen, Tyson was an 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.