There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
– Ronald Reagan
They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full and prosperous than ours have been; that the America of the coming years will be a place where – because of our past excesses – it will be impossible to dream and make those dreams come true. I don’t believe that. And, I don’t believe you do either.
– Ronald Reagan
Simon Lomax contracts with the Independence Institute as an Associate Energy Policy Analyst. He is an immigrant, recovering journalist and a pro-business advocate who joined the Independence Institute as an associate energy policy analyst in late 2015. Simon has spent more than a decade tracking the political campaigns waged by national environmental groups and their impact on the nation’s energy policy. He has testified to Congress about the tactics used by fringe environmental groups and their donors to ban domestic energy production, including efforts to undermine the scientific peer-review process. Simon has also testified before state policymakers about the work of these groups in Colorado.
Simon was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. He earned a journalism degree from the Queensland University of Technology and worked at his hometown newspaper, The Courier-Mail, before moving to the United States in 2002. After a brief stint covering local politics for a newspaper in rural Mississippi, Simon moved to Washington, D.C. in 2004 and landed a job covering the energy and environment beat. He started out with Argus Media, a leading provider of news, analysis and market data to the energy industry. In 2007, he took a break from journalism and worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative fellow with the American Political Science Association. Later, Simon was recruited by Bloomberg News to cover the Obama administration’s first-term environmental agenda – including the failed push for “cap-and-trade” climate legislation – and served as the editorial director of a weekly TV show on energy policy.
After 15 years as a reporter and editor, and almost a decade on the energy and environment beat, Simon decided to leave the news business and start a new career in advocacy. In 2012, he moved his family to Colorado and joined a consulting firm that advises pro-business groups, including Energy In Depth and the Center for Regulatory Solutions. He has served as Energy In Depth’s Research Director and Western Director, and in those roles, he helped expose the national groups behind anti-energy campaigns in Colorado, along with the left-wing foundations and other major donors who fund them. Simon also blew the whistle on Tom Steyer in the pages of the Denver Post when the San Francisco billionaire activist sent representatives to Colorado to discuss funding a series of proposed ballot measures targeting the state’s energy sector in 2014.
As a quoted source and a guest columnist, Simon’s work has been recognized by many other media outlets, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, Fox News, National Review, Politico, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, The Washington Times, Forbes, The Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Financial Post.
Simon lives in the Denver suburbs with his wife and two daughters. He became a U.S. citizen in 2008, and routinely finds himself giving pep talks to natural-born citizens about America’s greatness – starting with the First Amendment freedoms that drew him here as a young newspaper reporter all those years ago.
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