Fellows & Advisors
Amy Oliver Cooke, Senior Media Fellowback to top
Amy Oliver Cooke is an energy policy expert and blogger for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market State Policy Network think tank since 2004, also covering spending and transparency. Lawmakers frequently request Cooke’s testimony on energy and transparency in legislative committee hearings.
She collaborated with William Yeatman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute to expose the high cost of Colorado’s “new energy economy,” a supposed model for renewable energy for the rest of the country, questionable behavior at the Public Utilities Commission, and collusion between lawmakers, bureaucrats and special interest groups. Their work resulted in five pieces of legislation introduced during the 2011 legislative session.
She is also the host of the award winning Amy Oliver Show heard on News Talk 1310 KFKA in Greeley, Colo. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk Personality in a major market. Cooke was recognized again in 2011 with an Award of Merit for Best News Talk Personality in a major market. Cooke has been published in the Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Daily Caller and on Save Our States. She has written numerous opinion editorials, issue papers and issue backgrounders.
Steve Milloy, Senior Policy Fellowback to top
Steve Milloy is a recognized leader in the fight against junk science with more than 20 years of experience, and is credited with popularizing the term “junk science.” He is the founder and publisher of JunkScience.com, and an environmental and public health consultant. Mr. Milloy is a biostatistician and securities lawyer who has also been a registered securities principal, investment fund manager, non-profit executive, and a print/web columnist on science and business issues.
Mr. Milloy has authored the following books:
- Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them, Regnery 2009 — an Amazon.com Top 100 seller;
- Junk Science Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams, Cato Institute, 2001;
- Silencing Science, with co-author Michael Gough, Cato Institute, 1999 — an Amazon.com Top 100 seller;
- Science Without Sense: The Risky Business of Public Health Research, Cato Institute, 1995;
- Science-Based Risk Assessment: A Piece of the Superfund Puzzle, National Environmental Policy Institute, 1995;
Mr. Milloy has also authored over 600 articles/columns published in major newspapers/web sites, including the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, FoxNews.com, Financial Times, National Post (Canada), USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, New York Post, New York Sun and other print and web outlets.
Mr. Milloy was the co-founder and managing principal of Free Enterprise Action Fund (2004-2009), the first pro-free enterprise activist mutual fund, which merged with the Congressional Effect in July 2009.
Jenna Ashley Robinson, Senior Policy Fellowback to top
Jenna Ashley Robinson is the Director of Outreach at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, where she has worked since 2007. She was previously the E.A. Morris Fellowship Assistant at the John Locke Foundation.
Robinson graduated from N. C. State University in 2003 with majors in political science and French. She has studied at the University of East Anglia School of American Studies in Norwich, England. She received her master’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 and her Ph.D. in political science, with a concentration in American politics and a minor in methods, from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. Robinson is also a graduate of the Koch Associates Program sponsored by the Charles G. Koch Foundation.
Robinson’s work has appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, American Thinker, Human Events, Carolina Journal, the Lincoln Tribune, the Hickory Daily Record, the Gaston Gazette, the Mountain Express, and the News & Observer. She has taught introductory courses in American politics at UNC-Chapel Hill, Wake Technical Community College, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Robinson lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, son, and three cats.
George Taylor, Senior Policy Fellowback to top
George Taylor is the founder of Palmetto Energy Research, a non-profit devoted to educating the public about the future of energy, where his focus has been on the costs and environmental impacts of all leading choices for the generation of electricity. His reports have highlighted the indirect and infrastructure costs of each technology in addition to the more typical capital and operations costs.
From his outsider’s perspective, he has given readers the tools and information they need in order to answer the most important policy questions for themselves. His most recent articles have been on the cost of fossil, fossil/wind and nuclear electricity; the cost of electricity transmission and storage; the maximum amount of intermittent electricity that the system could accommodate; the dependency of intermittent technologies on primary fossil technologies; the consequences of state-level renewable electricity mandates; and the cost of new nuclear construction in the United States. Prior to working on energy policy, he was a Silicon Valley engineer, executive and co-founder of two microprocessor design companies. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Ph.D. in computer architecture.
Greg Walcher, Board Member and Senior Policy Fellowback to top
Greg Walcher has been involved in the public policy process for 35 years. He is an avid student of history, and a keen observer of government. Walcher is President of the Natural Resources Group, a national consulting firm specializing in energy, water, public lands, forestry, and wildlife.
He served in the Governor’s Cabinet as head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, and as president of the national organization of natural resources cabinet secretaries. Leveraging a decade of Capitol Hill experience, Walcher also spent ten years as President of Club 20, a consortium of Western Colorado stakeholders, during which the group’s budget and membership tripled through activism on important regional issues.
In 2004, Walcher was the Republican nominee for Congress in the top targeted House race in America that year. He won a five-way primary, broke previous Colorado records for congressional fund raising and organization, came within 2 points of victory, and remains a frequent and popular speaker in Colorado and around the country. Walcher authors a regular blog called “Resources and Reality,” highlighting instances of government overreach, overkill, and “plain silliness”. He is the author of a recently released book, Smoking Them Out: The Theft of the Environment and How to Take it Back.