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Climate Change Is Not the Problem
Friday, April 16, 2010@ 10:28 PM
Author: Press

Climate Change Is Not the Problem

By JOHN HOFMEISTER

HOUSTON CHRONCLE
March 20, 2010

During my last 2000 or so conversations about climate change and global warming, since the time of Kyoto in 1997, it’s clear that the stridency and dysfunctional nature of the discussions have only gotten worse. Last month during an engagement at Rutgers Law School when I bemoaned the implications of shelving more than 100 new coal plants in the past five years and no new nuclear plants in decades on the cost of electricity for low and fixed income Americans paying the highest electricity rates in their lives, a panelist thanked God those plants were killed. He said that we shouldn’t have any coal plants when we can have offshore wind.

Misinformation, disinformation and lack of information dominate every climate change discussion I’ve been a part of. It’s worse when gifted amateurs spout out what they’ve heard or read with no real knowledge of climate science or energy’s critical importance in society. Headline deep knowledge is not enough to justify public policy decisions being made by hundreds of elected officials.

In the grander scheme of things climate change is not the issue. Climate has always changed and always will. There’s a more urgent concern that should grab every one of us by the throat and cause us to rethink what we’re doing. It’s what we breathe.

As people we’re prone to waste. We can ignore our waste and move on, clean it up, or live in it. My bottom line is we have a duty to our future generations to clean up our waste so they don’t have to deal with it. Let them deal with their own waste. I’m disgusted by the waste that has been left for us to clean up. Take an Acela Amtrak train from Washington to New York. Look out the window at the junk yard of America’s last century as you roll from Wilmington to New York. The filth, detritus, decaying, abandoned structures, spoiled waterways and wetlands shame us for our negligence. The same can be said for gaseous waste. The real challenge for our age is what do we do about our wastes: physical, liquid and gaseous?

Fortunately we’ve learned a lot about managing physical waste. We collect, sort, bury, burn, crush and recycle it. If we didn’t we’d be buried. Fortunately we’ve learned a lot about managing liquid waste. We separate, treat, clean, sequester, aerate and reclaim liquid wastes to the extent that water emitted from many facilities is as clean as, if not cleaner than, the water it takes in. If we didn’t we’d be poisoned by what we drink.

Why do we do such a good job on physical and liquid waste? Because we have to. It’s regulated and in our own self interest and that of our heirs. Why doesn’t every country behave as we do? They should. We all suffer because they don’t. But it doesn’t stop us from cleaning up our own mess.

So what about our gaseous waste? No one I know would willingly stick their head over the top of a smoke stack or stand behind a Metro bus for an hour or so. They’d become ill, or worse. Yet we all breathe what comes out of countless stacks and tailpipes every day. Tons and tons of effluent are emitted into our air every hour. Fortunately the atmosphere is large and the pollutants are dispersed, so we’re not all dead. But no one can argue that the atmosphere is infinite, because it’s not. Some excuse carbon dioxide emissions because they are also found in nature. True. But try breathing in an unventilated closed room full of people. Too much carbon dioxide is simply too much. How much man made carbon dioxide can the atmosphere stand? I, for one, would rather not have to find out.

It is time now to seriously put our collective, smart heads together to figure out the future of gaseous waste management. What comes out of smokestacks and tailpipes is more than carbon dioxide. It’s a lot of nasty stuff. Every living thing on earth has a stake in this. Nasties dispersed from smokestacks and tailpipes are still nasties. We have sustainable remedies for physical and liquid waste. Now is the time for gaseous waste solutions.

Regulating, managing, scrubbing, cleaning, capturing and sequestering are powerful concepts that could be applied to our gaseous wastes. That’s what it takes to rid our atmosphere of harmful gaseous waste! We have the technology today that can do the job. What we don’t have is the requirement or the infrastructure to get it done. Does it cost money? Absolutely. Does managing physical and liquid waste cost money? Absolutely. Do we know how much we spend disposing of trash and cleaning sewage? Probably, but it does it really matter? Managing trash and sewage is a normal, natural cost of living in our times. So, too, managing gaseous waste can become a normal, natural cost of living in our times.

Why are we debating the galactic question of climate change, which contributes such dysfunctional passion and ignorant rhetoric to our political dialogue? Why aren’t we framing the question as “why don’t we manage our gaseous waste like we do physical and liquid waste to make our lives better?” My own opinion is that elected officials, current and former, see pomp, power and glory for themselves by arguing the state of the world and mankind’s destiny in it, including their own part in the outcome, for or against, by debating climate change. They can be heroes either way, applauded by the masses for their courage and brilliance. If they stood in front of us proposing the garbage collection of gaseous waste, there is little in it for them. But then that’s my opinion.

It is the right time to do the right thing. Let’s manage gaseous wastes just like we do physical and liquid wastes. Let’s save ourselves from having to listen to the blathering of self-righteous, self-important would-be “destiny-makers” of mankind.

John Hofmeister

Founder and CEO: Citizens for Affordable Energy

Former President: Shell Oil Company

Author: Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan 2010)

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JOHN HOFMEISTER NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
Friday, April 16, 2010@ 9:25 PM
Author: Press

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JOHN HOFMEISTER NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

 

The World’s Largest Offshore Industry Conference Will Begin in Early May

 

John Hofmeister, the founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy and former President of the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company, will be the keynote speaker of the 2010 Offshore Technology Conference. This year’s conference will begin on Monday, May 3rd and run through Thursday, May 6th and will be held at Houston’s Reliant Park.

For more than forty years, the Offshore Technology Conference hosts representatives of more than one hundred countries and is the world’s largest offshore resource development conference. This year’s meeting will have more than 70,000 attendees from around the globe and will allow corporations and individuals to make important business contacts while showcasing new technologies that are being developed for the industry. According to the Offshore Technology Conference website the gathering is the “world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection.” The four day conference will feature sessions, topical meals, exhibitions, and a workshop on numerous, relevant topics in the offshore industry.

Hofmeister is concerned about the high cost of energy and has founded Citizens for Affordable Energy with the stated mission, “To educate citizens and government officials about pragmatic, non-partisan affordable energy solutions, environmental protection, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life.” His book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk From an Energy Insider will be released on May 25th by Palgrave McMillan. He wrote the book to share some practical steps that the United States can take to produce greater amounts of affordable energy.

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Reviews for Why We Hate the Oil Companies
Friday, April 16, 2010@ 8:58 PM
Author: Press

Reviews for Why We Hate the Oil Companies

 

“Provocative….Insightful….Stimulating….See the alternative view of an insider!  Share his outrage.”
–Ram Charan, bestselling co-author of Execution and author of What the CEO Wants You to Know”

“As President of Shell Oil, [Hofmeister] addressed future energy and environmental security, challenging the industry to increase awareness of the energy issues. Now, [he] is reaching out to educate Americans about energy and solutions to ensure that preserving the environment is a top priority for public policy. John knows his ‘business’ and will help citizens and policy makers alike change the way we view our responsibility to the future.”
—Gretchen M. Bataille, President, University of North Texas

“[Hofmeister] takes a broad view of what we need to do to craft a successful energy strategy for our nation and has first hand knowledge of why our past policies have failed to prepare us for 21st Century challenges.”
—Robert S. Walker, Former Chairman of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chairman of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Energy

“Entertaining and irreverent, skewering nicely all participants in energy supplies, demand and policies and is founded on a deep understanding of the economics, technologies and politics that drive the system. Fulfills a very important role in educating a broad readership in the critical issues of the national energy system and proposing pragmatic solutions with flair and candor.  For the sake of the nation, I very much hope it attracts the high level of attention that it deserves.”
–Christopher E. Ross, Vice President, CRA Charles River Associates and co-author of “Terra Incognita – A Navigation Aid for Energy Leaders” 

“I have been interested in energy issues since high school and have read extensively on energy-related subjects. This is, by far, the most coherent, thoughtful, practical and compelling book I have ever read on energy technology and policy issues.”
–Mike Critelli, chairman of Dossia Service Corporation, retired chairman and CEO, Pitney Bowes 

“Why We Hate the Oil Companies is riveting. I keep quoting it to people. Reading it is like having a wise uncle in the energy industry (and an environmental advocate to boot) who takes you aside and tells you, in straight language, exactly what’s wrong and right with the current American system. Candor, insight, and urgency at John Hofmeister’s level are so rare that, before this book arrived, I’d forgotten they existed.”
– Art Kleiner, editor-in-chief, strategy+business

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Americans have felt a lot of frustration over the ongoing economic turmoil that has been affecting nearly every aspect of our lives.  Like any other recession the nation has experienced, there are multiple causes but no one can deny that the high cost of oil has created some serious consequences for our nation.  Many people grudgingly think that the rising cost of energy is unavoidable.  John Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil, refuses to accept that.  Hofmeister has left the corporate world of the oil industry behind to tell his fellow Americans some shocking news:  America can solve its energy crisis affordably and produce more energy than the nation needs.  The former executive has founded and currently serves as the CEO of the non-profit group Citizens for Affordable Energy.

Hofmeister is a man on a mission.  He believes that America can be on its way to much brighter future by making some changes in the way that energy is produced.  His book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies:  Straight Talk from an Energy Insider is a welcome perspective from someone who knows the oil industry inside and out.  Hofmeister is saying things that most people would never expect to hear from a top oil executive, including that there was no good reason that Americans were paying four dollars a gallon for gasoline. 

Why We Hate the Oil Companies isn’t about building a new system for energy production, it’s about fixing the system that’s already in place.  Hofmeister shares his wealth of expert knowledge and provides some simple solutions to help America achieve the goal of generating affordable energy in a clean, environmentally-friendly manner.

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AMERICA IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY
Friday, April 16, 2010@ 7:23 PM
Author: Press

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AMERICA IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MORE THAN ENOUGH ENERGY

Former President of Shell Oil Shares Solutions for Affordable Energy

 

John Hofmeister, former President of the Shell Oil Company, has passionately devoted himself to informing his fellow Americans that the nation is capable of producing more than enough energy.  He has founded and serves as the CEO of the non-profit organization Citizens for Affordable Energy and has written a book entitled Why We Hate the Oil Companies:  Straight Talk From an Energy Insider (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010).

Concerned about the economic problems caused by the high prices of oil and stating that America is mortgaging its future by not taking advantage of its own resources, Hofmeister states that America can produce affordable energy that can be generated in an environmentally-friendly manner.  Outlining some basic principles he calls The Four Mores, he provides solutions that can reverse the course of the country’s struggle to keep up with the growing demands for energy by using:

The compelling message Hofmeister is sharing in his book doesn’t involve developing entirely new systems, but rather stresses that changes can be made in the energy-generating systems that are already in use.  Hofmeister believes that embracing these strategies will keep America from sliding into what he calls “The Energy Abyss”.

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OIL EXPERT SAYS AMERICA MIGHT HAVE FAR MORE OIL THAN WE REALIZE
Friday, April 16, 2010@ 7:11 PM
Author: Press

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OIL EXPERT SAYS AMERICA MIGHT HAVE FAR MORE OIL THAN WE REALIZE

 

John Hofmeister Says That Probable Reserves in the United States Could Be in the Billions

 

President Obama announced on March 31st, 2010 that America has just made “the largest investment in clean energy in our nation’s history. It’s an investment that’s expected to create or save more than 700,000 jobs across America . . .”. There are different methods in the President’s energy-producing plan, not just drilling for oil and natural gas. But the President revealed that his administration will be expanding the nation’s offshore oil and natural gas exploration. The President assured the nation that, “we’ll employ new technologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration. We’ll protect areas that are vital to tourism, the environment, and our national security.”

Offshore drilling is just one component of the plan to help create more clean energy, stating the American economy will be better off in the long run when the nation becomes more energy efficient. He further stated the military is beginning to develop vehicles that run on hybrid fuels.

John Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil and CEO of the group Citizens for Affordable Energy, has stated that President Obama’s plan for offshore drilling may be a good thing for the nation but more scientific analysis of potential sites are needed. Citing the drilling restriction on much of the outer continental shelf, he said the industry has been prohibited for thirty years from exploring just how much oil the United States may actually have. However, stating the difference between proven oil reserves and probable reserves, Hofmeister said, “Probable reserves are in the hundreds of billions . . . of barrels in [the] United States of America . . .We’re sending a mis-signal to the American people about how much oil we actually have.”

Hofmeister states that there is no steady policy on offshore drilling, and the fact that policy changes every few years disrupt the years-long process of building up a system to produce major energy sources. Hofmeister said, “My main interest these days is the affordability of energy . . . and the only way to get affordability assured in the energy space is to produce more energy.”

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