WELC Blog: Welcome, Tom Singer!
It is my pleasure to announce that Tom Singer, Ph.D., has joined WELC as a Senior Policy Advisor. Tom will work in our climate and energy program, helping us speed the West’s transition away from dirty fossil fuels toward energy efficiency and clean, carbon-free energy. Tom’s extensive policy and economics expertise reflects our ongoing commitment to combat climate change and will strengthen our legal advocacy work.
Tom comes to us from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he was a Senior Advocate working on climate and energy issues. In that capacity, Tom served as the Chairman of former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s Energy Efficiency Task Force, worked successfully on passage and implementation of New Mexico’s law establishing renewable energy and energy efficiency resource standards, and, with WELC, helped promulgate pioneering reporting protocols for greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry. Prior to NRDC, Tom, among other positions, was the Director of Research for the Western Governors’ Association. With considerable advocacy experience and impeccable academic credentials—a Ph.D. in International Business from The George Washington University, an MBA from Stanford University, and an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University—Tom will provide significant added capacity to our climate and energy advocacy efforts.
Tom’s expertise complements our extensive west-wide work to mitigate, if not prevent, many of the climate impacts of domestic oil and natural gas development. While at NRDC, Tom co-authored Leaking Profits, a groundbreaking study that identified proven technologies and practices to reduce, if not eliminate, 80% of methane pollution from oil and natural gas systems. In the coming years, we see great opportunity to modernize laws and policies to prevent methane pollution from leaking into the atmosphere and instead to remain in the pipelines for use by homes, schools, and businesses. Tom will help us seize those opportunities by providing considerable economics and policy expertise that will augment our legal team.
Of course, keeping methane emissions out of the atmosphere is a good thing, but it doesn’t obviate the need to ensure that we’re using as little coal, oil, and natural gas as possible. Tom’s expertise with energy efficiency and clean, carbon-free energy—and his deep understanding of electric utilities operations and regulators—is also essential. In particular, Tom will help us identify equitable ways to transition fossil fuel dependent communities toward more durable, lasting economies based on clean, carbon free energy from the sun and wind.
As an attorney in WELC’s climate and energy program, I’ve had the good fortune to work with Tom over the past several years. He’s one of the most thoughtful, smart, and dedicated environmental advocates with whom I’ve worked. Now, as WELC’s Executive Director, I am pleased to have him join our staff. Please welcome Tom to the WELC family!