- B.A. in political science from The George Washington University. 
Alex Fitzsimmons was the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) before getting promoted to Chief of Staff and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency at DOE in February 2020. , 
Before joining the DOE, Fitzsimmons worked as the Manager of Policy and Public Affairs at the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance (AEA) from 2013 until 2016. IER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit focusing on “free-market energy and environmental policy” that has received funding from Koch-owned foundations, and over $300,000 from oil giant ExxonMobil. , , 
In addition to managing “research, communications, and outreach” at IER/AEA, Fitzsimmons was also a “spokesman” and Communications Director for Fueling US Forward (FUSF), a group known for attacking the clean energy industry and promoting the “positives” of fossil fuels. DeSmog's microsite Koch Vs. Clean documents efforts by the Koch Network and FUSF to combat electric vehicles and other clean energy innovations. , , , 
Fitzsimmons was a former News Analysis intern at the Media Research Center (MRC). MRC is heavily funded by the Mercer Family Foundation and other conservative groups including the secretive DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. , 
Stance on Climate Change
While Alex Fitzsimmons does not appear to have a clear statement regarding his views on climate change, he consistently opposes regulations and has criticized the Obama EPA's Clean Power Plan as doing “nothing to address climate change”: 
“The final [carbon] rule is even worse than the proposal: it is still an illegal assault on states, it raises electricity prices even more than originally thought, it poses an even larger threat to the electric grid, and it still does nothing to address climate change. Now more than ever, states should reject President Obama’s costly carbon agenda and refuse to submit state plans.” 
September 5, 2019
Fitzsimmons spoke with a Forbes energy reporter about a newly proposed Department of Energy rule that would permit the continued sale of incandescent light bulbs indefinitely. The proposed rule was a reversal of an earlier law that would have removed the less efficient bulbs from the lighting market by January 2020. 
Explaining the rule reversal, Fitzsimmons said:
“Preserving consumer choice does not harm consumers, period. […] Our rigorous economic analysis shows increasing standards on incandescent light bulbs would not be economically justified because consumers would not be able to recover the cost of their investment because more stringent standards would make these light bulbs 300 percent more expensive. More stringent standards would effectively regulate incandescent light bulbs out of existence and DOE is not in that business.” 
Reacting to DOE’s decision and Fitzsimmons’s stated rationale, a Program Director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy told Forbes that the new rule would encourage consumers to:
“purchase a product that’s going to cost them more and that they’re going to have to replace more often, and that is going to put out significantly more pollution emissions and carbon emissions that will then impact that consumer, their family and all of the other citizens in the country.” 
September 1, 2015
“[T]he president’s climate agenda doesn’t just live-or-die on subsidies like the wind PTC, but also depends on the boom-and-bust cycle created by government dysfunction around whether to keep the subsidies flowing. Congress should end this madness once and for all by refusing to revive the wind PTC in any tax extenders deal. That would eliminate welfare for wind lobbyists and help protect the American people from part of President Obama’s costly climate agenda.” 
June 9, 2015
“EPA’s regulatory agenda contradicts itself while imposing enormous economic costs on Americans, all while air quality continues to improve without further federal intervention. For these reasons, EPA should withdraw its ozone and carbon dioxide rules.” 
“If [Dennis] McGinn is truly interested in taking 'the politics out of something which is essentially a national security issue,' as he puts it, he should embrace the American shale revolution.” 
October 15, 2020
Fitzsimmons gave a keynote speech at the Ohio Next Energy Summit. He stated, “I think if I’m looking at high growth opportunity areas, or certainly areas that the DoE has prioritised, we are putting a heavy emphasis on areas like energy storage, in areas like critical minerals and in areas like circular economy.” 
Contrary to the stance of organizations he previously worked for like the Institute for Energy Research (IER) and its advocacy arm, the American Energy Alliance (AEA), Fitzsimmons commented on renewables and electric vehicles as part of the future of the energy system:
“When you talk about the future of our energy system, it's changing dramatically,” Fitzsimmons said.
“And it's been changing much faster than people anticipated. I mean, five, ten years ago, no one would have guessed that the United States would be the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, exporting LNG to 36 countries.
“But also being one of the leading wind and solar producers, seeing how quickly costs for renewable energy have declined, seeing how rapidly electric vehicle battery costs have declined, seeing how cheap led light bulbs have gotten and these are technological innovations that are driving massive changes in the energy system.
“And the big challenge moving forward because of this rapidly evolving system, at least in the electricity generation side, is less about having affordable kilowatt hours of electricity—because we have a lot of low-cost sources of supply—the bigger challenge moving forward is going to be how do you integrate all of these new technologies together in a way that maintains an affordable, reliable, resilient and clean energy system. And that's where technologies like energy storage come into play.”
“The IER alumni are significant given DOE is facing steep budget cuts, possible layoffs and reorganization and is conducting a review of baseload power and energy subsidies,” E&E News's Hannah Northey reported. 
March 8, 2017
HERWorld took place on International Women's Day and addressed the “the energy transition, digital technology, workforce needs and opportunities, and the gender gap.” 
Sponsors of the event included Shell, Marathon Oil Corporation, Enbridge, Tesoro, Seneca Resources, the United States Energy Association, Consumer Energy Alliance, and Texas Oil & Gas Association among numerous other groups. 
December 14, 2016
Fitzsimmons published an article in The Atlantic titled “Will Humans Run Out of Fertilizer?” which outlines benefits of fertilizer. Fitzsimmons originally failed to disclose his connection to Fueling U.S. Forward, a group advocating for the fossil fuel industry, which benefits from the production of synthetic nitrogen, the main component of fertilizer. The editor's note reads as follows: 
This article originally failed to disclose that the author is an analyst and spokesperson for Fueling U.S. Forward, an organization that advocates for the use of domestic oil and natural gas. We've updated the article to reflect that affiliation and regret the error. 
August 14, 2016
“The final rule is even worse than the proposal: it is still an illegal assault on states,” Fitzsimmons wrote in one article. ”[I]t raises electricity prices even more than originally thought, it poses an even larger threat to the electric grid, and it still does nothing to address climate change. Now more than ever, states should reject President Obama’s costly carbon agenda and refuse to submit state plans.”
June 24, 2014
Fitzsimmons presented to the America's Future Foundation on “explaining free markets solutions to environmental challenges” with communications expert Daniel Turner, Director of Strategic Communications at Charles Koch Institute. 
“We have all faced the misconception that free markets lead to unchecked pollution, deforestation, and waste,” the event description reads. “When those questions come again, how will you respond?” 
February 17, 2015
According to Alex Fitzsimmons, the EPA's efforts to regulate ozone is unnecessary and the link between ozone and asthma is unfounded. “In fact, EPA may actually make asthma worse” Fitzsimmons writes. “EPA should rescind its proposed ozone rule. This rule could exacerbate the public health problem it is trying to mitigate and impose enormous economic burdens on American families.” 
After the Interior Department released plans to propose a wilderness designation for a large section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Fitzsimmons announced an Institute for Energy Research “fact sheet” designed to “provide readers with information about Alaska’s enormous energy potential and the threat posed by the Obama administration to responsible energy development.” 
In an interview with BBC about wind power and its effect in China, Fitzsimmons described wind as “scarce, expensive, unreliable” technology that would create transmission challenges to countries such as China, and does little to lower emissions over natural gas. Video below. 
December 19, 2013
Writing at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), Alex Fitzsimmons denounces a proposed rule by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to regulate crystalline silica used in hydraulic fracturing (Fracking): 
“OSHA’s proposed rule not only threatens to undermine hydraulic fracturing operations responsible for America’s domestic energy boom, but it is also a disservice to the workers that OSHA is obligated to protect,” he writes. 
August 23, 2013
After Ret. Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, then confirmed as assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and the environment told Politico that the U.S. needed to advance biofuels, Fitzsimmons said he should instead “embrace” fracking. He wrote in an IER article titled “McGinn Steers Navy Toward Green Energy Iceberg”: 
“If [Dennis] McGinn is truly interested in taking “the politics out of something which is essentially a national security issue,” as he puts it, he should embrace the American shale revolution.”
May 8, 2013
“As the economy continues to suffer and dollars for federal programs get harder to come by, it is getting increasingly difficult to defend a program that costs so much and produces so little,” the article claims. 
- Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) — Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. Formerly Chief of Staff and Senior advisor., , , 
- Institute for Energy Research (IER) — Former Manager of Policy and Public Affairs. ,
- American Energy Alliance (AEA) — Former Manager of Policy and Public Affairs. 
- Fueling US Forward — Former “Spokesman,” Communications Director and contributor. , , .
- Media Research Center (MRC) — Former News Analysis intern (January 2010 - August 2011). , 
- National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) — Public Affairs and Media Assistant (September 2011 - December 2012). 
- State Senator Anthony Bucco (NJ-25) — Intern (June 2008 - August 2007). 
Sample Fueling US Forward Publications
- “These Moments: Agriculture,” Fueling US Forward, November 23, 2016.
- “What Does this Washington Post Writer Have Against Ranch Dressing?” Fueling US Forward, November 2, 2016.
Sample IER Publications
- “Obama Climate Agenda Banks on Wishful Wind Growth” – September 1, 2015
- “Obama's Final Carbon Rule Combines Fake Carrots and a Big Stick” – August 4, 2015
- “Conflict of Interest: EPA's Ozone Rule vs. the CPP“ – June 9, 2015
- “How EPA Cooks Books to Downplay Costs“ – April 14, 2015
- “Study Undermines Scientific Basis for EPA's Ozone Rule“ – February 17, 2015
- “ANWR Fact Sheet: Pipeline Starved, Potential Untapped“– January 29, 2015
- “Is the Administration trying to regulate Hydraulic Fracturing through OSHA?” – December 19, 2013
- “McGinn Steers Navy Toward Green Energy Iceberg“ – August 23, 2013
Sample AEA Publications
- “EPA to States: ‘Flexibility’ Means Many Ways to Fail” – June 10, 2015
- “Conflict of Interest: EPA’s Ozone Rule vs. the CPP” – June 20, 2015
- “State Renewable Mandates Falling Like Dominoes” – June 1, 2015
- “Time to Break Obama’s Big Green Bank” – April 21, 2015
- “On Tax Day, Big Wind Gets A Windfall” – April 15, 2015
- “Tom Steyer Doesn’t Understand Gas Prices” – April 3, 2015
- “Green Dreams on Campus: Rising Tuition, Crippling Debt,” – March 31, 2015
- “EPA’s WOTUS Rule 'Insults Property Owners'” – March 20, 2015
- “Former Obama Law Professor Eviscerates EPA” – March 18, 2015
- “DOE vs. EIA: Who Should You Trust on Wind Energy?” – March 16, 2015
- “Harry Reid Reaps Subsidies for Green Energy Companies” – March 13, 2015
- “Leno Roasts Costly Ethanol Mandate” – March 9, 2015
Sample MRC Publications
- Newsweek's Tina Brown Offers No Apology, Doubles Down on 'Crazy' Bachmann Cover
- Martin Bashir All But Tells John Boehner to 'Go the F*** to Sleep'
- Before Taking Fox News Gig, Ed Henry Backed Network in Face of Left-Wing Detractors
- MSNBC Anchors Promote Democratic Ad Butchering Reagan's Debt Ceiling Address
- Networks Cast Big-Government Obama as Pushing 'Very Significant' and 'Painful' Budget Cuts
- CNN's Cooper, Borger Rhapsodize On 'Adult' Obama Who 'Did Not Raise Taxes'
- MSNBC's Martin Bashir: Mitch McConnell 'Suffering Some Kind of Mild Dementia'
- ABC, CBS Whack Bachmann with PolitiFact, Have Spared Obama Similar Drubbing
- ABC and NBC Starstruck by 'Patented Michelle (Obama) Power'
- Obama Blames High Unemployment on ATMs, Media Shrug Off Gaffe
- Andrea Mitchell Whines About Tim Pawlenty's 'Counterintuitive' Tax Plan
- Chrystia Freeland Blown Away by Weiner's 'Classy Touch'
- Martin Bashir: Sarah Palin's Bus Tour a 'Breach of Federal Law'
- Time's Joe Klein Declares Dem House Win a 'Victory for Socialism,' Later Retracts 'Tongue-in-Cheek' Comment
- NBC Correspondent's Shorthand for SB-1070: Arizona's Nazi Law
- MSNBC Gushes Over Jessica Alba: 'Our Children Are the Experiments' of 'Unregulated' Chemical Companies
- MSNBC's Tamron Hall Blames Missouri Tornado on Climate Change, Climate Scientist Retorts 'Random Chance'
- Andrea Mitchell, Guest Scold GOP 2012 Hopefuls for Disagreeing with Obama on Israel
- Scarborough Demands 'Civility' Before Insulting Mitch Daniels' 'Unseemly Resentment' for Family
- Media Slammed 'Bitch' Angle's Ad, Now Silent When Ryan Shown Throwing Granny Off Cliff
- MSNBC's Martin Bashir Harps on Gingrich's Past, Omits Clinton's Perjury
- 'Confused' Chuck Todd: Don't Blame Obama for Rising Gas Prices
- New York Times Reporters Cite WikiLeaks Files in Anti-Gitmo Screed
- MSNBC Silent as Guest Claims Pro-Lifers Akin to Tiller Killer
- MSNBC's Brewer Denounces GOP Bill to Fund Military Paychecks
- MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Plays Race Card on Budget and Libya
- Lawrence O'Donnell: 'Stunningly Ignorant' Cantor Would Fail Citizenship Test
- MSNBC's Martin Bashir Gives Soapbox to Anti-Nuclear Activist
- NPR Correspondent Dons Headscarf in Sting to Expose Border Guard
- Martin Bashir Bashes Walker, Christie, and Kasich for Making Teachers 'Public Enemy Number One'
- CNBC Reporter Gives Full-Throated Support for Higher Gas Taxes
- Martin Bashir and Bernie Sanders Agree: Hike Taxes on Wealthy and Oil Companies
- CBS, NBC Newscasts Give Scant Coverage to Muslim Terror Attack at German Airport
- CNN's Carol Costello Warns 'Corporate America is About to Win' in Wisconsin
- MSNBC's Jansing: Donald Trump 'Not About the Little Guy,' Wants 'Tax Breaks for the Rich'
- WaPo, Boston Globe, Others Laughably Trumpet Obama Budget's 'Deep' Cuts to 'Rein in Deficits'
- Bill Maher Calls Bill O'Reilly 'Unpatriotic' for Obama Interview
- Ratigan Unhinged: GOP's 'Moronically Small' Cuts 'Truly a Flea on a Dog's Ass'
- MSNBC Correspondent Rides Around Parking Lot Gabbing About Teen Car Surfing, Sex Trafficking Story Ignored
- Lawrence O'Donnell Blasts Boehner, Limbaugh But Gives Pass to Nazi-invoking Democrat
- Obama and Palin Call for Civility, but MSNBC Duo Marvel Over Former and Rebuke Latter
- MSNBC's Mitchell Blames Palin, Again, for Tucson Shooting
- Polls Show Public Has Other Priorities, But Contessa Brewer Urges Senate to Repeal DADT
- Reuters Editor Shrieks: Tax 'Lucky Sperm Club' to Break 'Landed Gentry'
- Nightly News Correspondent Laments Tough Fight Over DREAM Act
- MSNBC's Chuck Todd Continues to Distort Tax Deal's 'Astronomical' Cost
- CBS Early Show Frets Over 'Passenger Gridlock,' Glosses Over TSA Civil Liberties
- Cenk Uygur Bizarrely Bellows: Ghailani Trial Shows 'Our Justice System Worked'
- Liberal Activists Overwhelm Opposing Voices at MSNBC's Immigration Town Hall
- Bill Press on Midterms: 'The Voters Have Spoken. What a Bunch of Idiots.'
- MSNBC's Cenk Uygur Claims George W. Bush Confessed to 'War Crimes' in New Memoir
- After MSNBC President Claims Channel Doesn't Support Libs, Network Gives Free Time to MoveOn.org Ad
- Trifecta of Distortion: Kathy Griffin, Wanda Sykes, Lance Bass Blame Conservatives for Gay Teen Suicides
- Lawrence O'Donnell Draws Parallel Between Extreme Militia Groups and Tea Party
- Truth-Seeking with Lawrence O'Donnell and Matt Taibbi: Tea Party is 'Narcissistic,' 'Incredibly Stupid'
- Arianna Huffington Likens Mosque Opponents to Koran-Burning Pastor
- CNN's Sanchez: Reid's Racist Gaffe Emblematic of Angle's Incompetence
- CNN's Fareed Zakaria Returns ADL Award in Protest to Position on Ground Zero Mosque
- MSNBC Promotes Findings of Roosevelt Institute Liberals Pushing 'New Family Strategy'
- As AZ Immigration Law Looms, ABC Touts Harm to Small Businesses
- Time vs Politico: Halperin Rebukes VandeHei for Characterizing GOP Group as 'Shadowy'
- Bashing Breitbart: CNN's Anderson Cooper Admonishes Conservative 'Weasel' and 'Bully'
- Dylan Ratigan Shouts Down Conservative Guest for Objecting to Liberal Dogma
- MSNBC's Donny Deutsch Disparages Sarah Palin's 'Mama Grizzlies' Video as 'Insulting' to Women
- State Lawmaker Discredits Campbell Brown's 'Misinformation' About Arizona's Immigration Law
- CNN and MSNBC Applaud Elena Kagan's Capitol Hill Comedy Hour
- MSNBC Panel Invokes Anita Hill
- MSNBC's Scarborough Insults GOP as 'Genuinely Stupid' for Criticizing Obama's Oil Spill Response
- MSNBC Anchors in 'Anguish' Over Helen Thomas Retirement
- MSNBC's Schultz Draws Bizarre Connection Between Oil Spill and Campaign Finance Reform
- MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell Plays Race Card on Gingrich
- Behar Claims Liberals More Intelligent and Open-Minded Than Conservatives
- CBS's Bob Schieffer: White House May Have to Waterboard Dems to Pass Health Care
“Alex Fitzsimmons: MANAGER OF POLICY AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS,” Institute for Energy Research. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/hlIX0
“Alex Fitzsimmons: Manager of Policy and Public Affairs,” American Energy Alliance. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Gqq48
“Institute for Energy Research,” DeSmog.
“Alex Fitzsimmons,” LinkedIn Profile. Accessed October 3, 2017. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
Sharon Kelly. “New Koch-Funded Group ‘Fueling US Forward’ Aims to Promote the 'Positives' of Fossil Fuels,” DeSmog, August 14, 2016.
Alex Fitzsimmons. “Newsweek's Tina Brown Offers No Apology, Doubles Down on 'Crazy' Bachmann Cover,” Media Research Center, August 10, 2011. Archived December 19,2 016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/TLBy5
“Media Research Center,” Conservative Transparency. Data retrieved December 19, 2016.
Alex Fitzsimmons. “Obama’s Final Carbon Rule Combines Fake Carrots and a Big Stick,” Institute for Energy Research, August 4, 2015. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/46KqW
Alex Fitzsimmons. “Conflict of Interest: EPA’s Ozone Rule vs. the CPP,” Institute for Energy Research. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/Gv42h
RedState. “Fueling U.S. Forward's Alex Fitzsimmons and Charlie Drevna sit down to discuss the future of American Energy,” Facebook, August 13, 2016. Archived video on file at DeSmog.
Alex Fitzsimmons “Study Undermines Scientific Basis for EPA’s Ozone Rule,” Institute for Energy Research, February 17, 2015. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/hVpDC
Alex Fitzsimmons. “ANWR Fact Sheet: Pipeline Starved, Potential Untapped,” Institute for Energy Research, January 29, 2015. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/uJ4Qi
Alex Fitzsimmons. “Is the Administration trying to regulate Hydraulic Fracturing through OSHA?” Institute for Energy Research, December 19, 2013. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/59prD#selection-1083.0-1083.75
“The Department of Energy Committed $11 Million Per Job,” Institute for Energy Research, May 8, 2013. Archived December 19, 2016. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/8d2nj
“2017 Theme: The Next Era of Energy: Lean In, All In, Join In,” PinkPetro HERWorld Energy Forum. Archived March 17, 2017. Archive.is URL: https://archive.is/rpy9q
“Fossil fuel promoter settles into renewable energy office,” Greenwire, July 11, 2017.
“Alex Fitzsimmons talks Chinese wind on BBC,” YouTube video uploaded by user IERDC on January 9, 2014. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.
Ben Jervey. “Yet Another Koch Cadet Hired to Push Fossil Fuels at Trump's Energy Department,” DeSmog, July 9, 2017.
Dipka Bhambhani. “Let There Be Lighting Choices, Energy Department Tells Environmental Groups,” Forbes.com, September 5, 2019. Archived September 6, 2019. Archive.is URL: http://archive.is/hmsQu
“Alex Fitzsimmons: Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency,” U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Archived August 17, 2020. Archive URL:https://archive.vn/adpQZ
“Ohio Next Energy Summit Keynote Speaker, Alex Fitzsimmons,” Business Journal Daily, October 15, 2020. Archived November 6, 2020. Archive URL: https://archive.vn/P6Ok8