Jackie Toth

Jackie Toth

Deputy Director

A daughter of booksellers, Jackie (she/her) grew up in Pennsylvania surrounded by literature and nature. Encouraged by her parents, she never hesitated to "flip the rock" and unearth whatever crawled in the grass and under stones in the backyard.

Jackie's early interests in reading, writing, and exploring coalesced into an energy and environment reporting position at CQ Roll Call from 2016, where she covered Congress and federal agencies before moving to Morning Consult and developing beat coverage of existing and advanced nuclear energy. Over three and a half years of reporting, she learned about the past, present, and possible futures of nuclear energy—its successes, its failures, and its opportunities. In 2020, Jackie traded her reporter's hat for an advocate's fedora and joined Third Way's Climate and Energy Program as an advisor for policy and content, managing the program's public opinion research and writing thinkpieces on the need for clean energy solutions like nuclear energy.

Jackie holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a minor in Linguistics from American University in Washington, D.C. She's a fan of classic film noir; social music, from Coleman Hawkins to Pat Metheny; and British comedy shows such as Taskmaster and Would I Lie to You?

Areas of Interest:

  • Environmental justice
  • Fossil-to-nuclear transitions
  • Long-term nuclear waste solutions
  • Nuclear energy policy
  • Nuclear energy's role in climate diplomacy
  • Restorative justice
  • Social science research in nuclear energy

Interim Nuclear Justice Roadmap

An illustration of our understanding of the concerns Americans have about nuclear energy and actions that can address them

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October 31, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: Global Clean Energy Action Forum

Our panel and participation at GCEAF was part of the launch of an international initiative called RISE3

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October 19, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: "Understanding the Societal Challenges Facing Nuclear Power"

A written discussion of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2022 publication

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October 5, 2022

The Power of Federal Grants to Support Community-Centered Adoption of Low-Carbon Energy

Grant-making at the Department of Energy can play an important role in supporting an equitable clean energy transition

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August 31, 2022

Good Energy Reflects: ECA Forum on Hosting New Nuclear Development

Jackie Toth shares insights from a recent convening on siting nuclear projects

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August 15, 2022

Public Comment: Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool

Good Energy Collective's response to the CEQ's Request for Information on the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Beta Version

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April 24, 2022

First-of-Its-Kind: Making DOE’s New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations a Success

A new office in the Energy Department holds immense promise for closing the gap for clean energy demonstrations

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April 14, 2022

Public Comment: Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage

Good Energy Collective's response to the Request for Information on Using a Consent-Based Siting Process to Identify Federal Interim Storage

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March 4, 2022

Public Comment: White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Good Energy Collective's response to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council's Jan. 26-27, 2022, public meeting

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February 7, 2022

Opportunities for Coal Communities Through Nuclear Energy: An Early Look

A policy report exploring where small modular reactor (SMR) technology could support environmental justice communities that relied on coal

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December 22, 2021

Public Comment: Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Environmental Justice Review

Good Energy Collective's response to the NRC's Systematic Assessment of How It Addresses Environmental Justice

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September 3, 2021

We Need a Clean Energy Standard with Nuclear

As Congress nears a peak in negotiations over a federal Clean Energy Standard, lawmakers should make sure to include nuclear energy

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July 29, 2021

Voters Support Community Ownership and Federal Investments in Advanced Nuclear Energy

Good Energy Collective and Data for Progress polled likely voters in the United States on their thoughts about advanced nuclear energy

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July 23, 2021

Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects Stumble Despite White House Support

During a panel discussion on the Versatile Test Reactor, Jackie Toth said it's vital for nuclear and climate advocates and industry to keep making a clear case for this important project.

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December 12, 2021

The Future of the Versatile Test Reactor: A Key Player in the Nuclear Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Jackie Toth talks about why the U.S. government should fund the Versatile Test Reactor project as a key pillar of the advanced nuclear ecosystem.

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December 7, 2021

Nuclear Is Hot, for the Moment

Jackie Toth says while nuclear energy is in a period of revival, it's also a make-or-break moment for advanced nuclear developers to achieve timely, successful reactor demonstrations.

The Atlantic
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November 10, 2021

The VTR Will Play a Key Role in the Nuclear Energy Innovation Ecosystem

Suzanne Baker, Jackie Toth, and their co-authors explain why a domestic versatile test reactor is crucial to nuclear energy innovation.

Atlantic Council EnergySource
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September 28, 2021

Exelon NPPs Saved but US Plants Remain Vulnerable Without National Support

Jackie Toth speaks with Reuters about why Illinois' new climate law is a good example for why national policy in support of nuclear would help end the need for states to race to save their reactors.

Reuters
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September 21, 2021

US Budget Omission Leaves VTR Proponents Rushing to Defend Tech

Jackie Toth says it's critical that Congress reverses course and funds the Versatile Test Reactor project in Fiscal Year 2022.

Reuters
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August 24, 2021