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Video of John Hofmeister on “Charlie Rose” May 14 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010@ 12:41 PM
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Video of John Hofmeister on “Larry King Live” May 14 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010@ 12:37 PM
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John Hofmeister: Upcoming Media Appearances UPDATED 5-23-10
Wednesday, May 19, 2010@ 8:51 PM
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UPDATED 5-23-2010

This is a list of John Hofmeister’s upcoming media appearances.  More information on each appearance will be posted here as it becomes available.  Please check back often for more updates and information.

May 20th

John appears on “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel, 6:15 AM EST

May 23rd

John will be featured in Texas Monthly, on newsstands May 23

May 24th

John will be part of a telephone interview with aol.com, May 24, NOON EST

May 25th

John will do a series of interviews for ABC RADIO NEWS / “Bob Brinker’s Money Talk”, May 25th

John will be interviewed for Fox News Radio Network /”Brian and the Judge”, May 25th

John will appear on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Hays Advantage“  on May 25th, Noon EST

John will be on Fox and Friends on May 25

John will be interviewed by Fox Business Network, Live in studio interview May 25

John will be on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show on May 25

John will be on “Marketplace” with host Kai Ryssdal, Noon EST

John will be interviewed for TheStreet.com, May 25

John will be interviewed for BBC World News America on May 25th

May 26th

John is taping an interview with C-Span’s Afterwords on May 26, air date tba

John will appear on NPR’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on May 26th

John will be on CNBC’s Squakw Box on May 26th

John interviews with Fox Business Network on May 26th

May 27

John will tape an in-studio interview for BNN-TV Toronto, May 27th

May 31

John will be interviewed on CNBC’s The Closing Bell on May 31

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John will be interviewed by Associated Press on May 24th, run date tba

John will be interviewed by the Washington Post, run date tba

John will be interviewed by USA Today, run date tba

John will appear in Fast Company, run date tba

John will appear in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, run date tba

John is writing a piece for Forbes Magazine, slated to run mid-May

John has already been interviewed by the Financial Times, run date tba
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Speaking Dates:

The Strand Bookstore in NYC on May 26 at 7 PM

The University of Toronto Rotman’s School of Business on May 27

Brazos Bookstore in Houston on June 16 at 7 PM

The Foreign Policy Association at Barclays Capital in NYC on May25th

Check back here for more update and information….

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John Hofmeister Appears on Meet The Press June 11, 2006
Tuesday, May 18, 2010@ 9:55 PM
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John Hofmeister discusses the Iraq War, oil prices and the future (circa 2006) with Tim Russert-

“The real issue is that demand has outstripped the supply and as a consequence of that, we’re putting more capital into the business than we have in our history…”

To read the portions of the transcript where John Hofmeister appears, click the link below and then click to page 4. John Hofmeister first appears halfway down the page:


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13296235/page/4/

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John Hofmeister to Keynote 2010 Gas Shales Summit
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 1:54 PM
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John Hofmeister is the retired President of Shell Oil Company who heads Citizens for Affordable Energy, a public policy education organization that promotes sound energy policy, energy security, and sustainable environmental policies. He is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Industry Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

2010 Gas Shales Summit
Hydraulic Fracturing & the Environment
June 2-3, 2010 | Marriott Houston West Loop by the Galleria

For more information visit:
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World Energy Leadership
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 1:26 PM
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Today’s energy market requires global energy solutions which would benefit all. With fossil fuels, coal and nuclear energy coming down to limited measures the world is looking to renewable green energy like the solar energy and the windmill. The World Energy Leadership is trying to shape the future with renewable energy. It is a leading provider of bio fuels and bio diesels. The World Energy Leadership also provides aid to the developing countries as well. The main purpose is to reap environmental benefits and provide a pollution free world to the future generations.

The global warming, pollution and climate change are all global issues which need immediate attention. Moreover, since energy is the main power of growth and development and its use has been steadily increasing, the developed countries are thinking of other suitable alternatives. The main purpose of the World Energy Leadership is to think of ways to provide affordable energy in abundant quantity, offer improved quality of life and ensure economic growth globally.

The World Energy Leadership is working on enhancing national security by forming better international understanding and cooperation and is working on the international oil market on which the world’s electric power production depends. The world energy council is also set up for the future of energy with the purpose of promoting a steady energy supply to benefit all.

The World Energy Leadership also needs to protect the infrastructure that ensures proper transportation and timely delivery of the energy worldwide and increase nonproliferation efforts to increase security. A recent report on the world energy has posed several threats to US oil suppliers. The World Energy Leadership has financial impact on the energy pricing, supply and demand, global market and energy policy decision.

A recent poll on the issues of World Energy Leadership has put forth a sense of vacuum. With the oil and gas prices’ shooting up the global market looks quite grim. They are concerned with supply and efficiency. Both the producing and the consuming nations are concerned about the global demand and supply. Experts are now looking into the situation and considering both the short and the long-term solutions.

Focusing on renewable sources seems to be the best possible and long-term solution for World Energy Leadership. At present the renewable sources account for only 1.5% of the total production which can still be an important contribution and should gradually be increased to meet the global demands.

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What are Our Big Oil Solutions?
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 1:11 PM
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Petroleum super majors are sometimes collectively referred to as ‘Big Oil’, a term used to describe the individual and collective economic power of the largest oil and gas producers in pejorative terms.  There are only a few countries that are energy independent, which means that they can produce all of the energy that they need or use. The depletion of the oil resources is also hitting us hard and fast. In this case, it is crucial for us to understand what big oil solutions we have lined up for the future.

Natural gas is hard to transport and is prone to shortages too. Coal is a resource that will not be depleted anytime soon, or the largely untapped deposits of the other big oil solutions – tar sands and oil shale. Tar sands are naturally occurring mixtures of sand, water and bitumen. It has been excavated only recently, in a way that is profitable when compared to the high prices of oil. Another one of the big oil solutions if oil shale, an organic rich, fine grained sedimentary rock. It contains a significant amount of kerogen and liquid hydrocarbons can be extracted from it. However, clearly the carbon dioxide spewed by coal and other fossil fuels is warming the planet.

One of the possible big oil solutions that are not polluting is hydrogen, which can be used to power vehicles. Electricity generated from solar energy can produce hydrogen gas by electrolysis of water, which can be used to power hydrogen-fueled cars. Hydrogen-powered engines can perform as well as the existing gasoline engines. Biomass is another of the many big oil solutions that, nowadays, refers to ethanol, biogas, and biodiesel. These fuels are as easy to burn as oil or gas, but are made from plants. Biofuels are the easiest fuels to slot into the existing fuel system.

Natural gas is an alternative fuel that is one of the big oil solutions that burns clean and is already widely available to people in many countries. When used in natural gas vehicles with specially designed engines, natural gas produces far fewer harmful emissions than gasoline or diesel. One of the other possible big oil solutions is electricity – it can be used as a transportation alternative fuel for battery-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles. Battery powered electric vehicles store power in batteries that are recharged by plugging the vehicle into a standard electrical source. Fuel-cell vehicles run on electricity that is produced through an electrochemical reaction that occurs when hydrogen and oxygen are combined. Fuel cells produce electricity without combustion or pollution.

Other than these big oil solutions propane, methanol, and P-Series fuels are also used as possible alternatives to fuel. The transition from petroleum to these alternative resources is not far, as most of the oil resources have reached or are reaching their peak. The depletion of big oil will soon be upon us.

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A Quick Guide on Sustainable Energy Infrastructure
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 1:07 PM
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Sustainable energy can be considered as the provision of energy which is able to meet the present needs of energy requirements without compromising the energy needs of the future generations. A sustainable energy infrastructure can even include nuclear power as an energy resource if used differently than it is being used at present.

Sustainable energy resources mainly include the renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, tidal power, plant matter, natural gas and geo-thermal power. Technologies used for energy efficiency may also be included in this domain. The most essential contributors to sustainable energy infrastructure are the renewable energy technologies. They play the most crucial part because of their contribution to the world energy security, the reduction of fossil fuels dependency, and also to the reduction of the green house gasses.

Acquiring a proper sustainable energy infrastructure will not only require specific changes in the ways energy is supplied but also in the approach to the ways energy is consumed. The main features, commonly called the twin pillars of the sustainable energy infrastructure are the renewable energy sources along with renewable energy technology and energy efficiency. These resources if properly developed can have a great impact in terms of stabilizing the carbon-dioxide emissions. Energy efficiency slows down the demands of energy to a great extent thus reducing the use of fossil fuels. If sustainable energy infrastructure is to be executed in a greater level then proper developments in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency is a must.

Climate change coupled with high fossil fuel prices are the main reasons for increasing government support and huge investments in sustainable energy infrastructure. With proper developments in sustainable energy infrastructure energy cost can be reduced to a greater level. Nuclear power also holds a great deal for sustainable energy infrastructure in terms of providing clean energy. Green energies such as biomass, natural gas etc can also be an effective part of the sustainable energy infrastructure.

There are many laws and policies regarding sustainable energy infrastructure. These policies and laws concern fulfillment of certain economic, social and environmental goals necessary for achieving substantial development in sustainable energy infrastructure. The laws regarding sustainable energy resources provide a legal framework that secures the development in the sustainable energy infrastructure. To conclude it will not be wrong to say that there is great hope of development through proper utilization of sustainable energy infrastructure in the near future.

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Peak Oil Solutions
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 12:32 PM
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Peak oil is a reference in time when the maximum global extraction limit of petroleum is reached and the rate of production enters a decline. Though peak oil is often confused with oil depletion, peak oil refers to the point of maximum production and not to a time when the reserves and supplies are falling. With the countries developing and industries and urbanization gaining momentum, the demand for oil is growing. United States still remains the largest consumer of petroleum and we need a peak oil solution before we hit the panic button.

The peak oil solution will depend on consumption and the transport industry still remains the largest consumer. The continued problems such as world’s growing population, declining of per capita food production, global warming and loss of biodiversity are all contributing to worsen the situation. There are many who believe that peak oil solution is a positive thing, because if the oil prices become very high, the use of alternative clean fuel could control the pollution and provide a safer alternative. Peak oil solution has tremendous potential for a positive change that we have been waiting for.

With everyone concerned about the rising prices of petroleum and oil, the fact remains that the global supply of both are failing to meet the global demand and the world is hitting the peak oil at large. So we need to sit back and access the situation and think of a peak oil solution before it’s too late.

Our present transport fuel system, which consumes about 95% of the energy used for transportation is based on oil and petroleum. Many have suggested short cut solutions such as more drilling; increasing the use of biofuels and coal-to-liquid, but none seems impressive enough to offer a permanent solution. Moreover in coal-to-liquid, the emission of carbon dioxide would be responsible for pollution and global warming.

Peak oil Solution must be sustainable and should not be dependent on sources which can be depleted. There are also quite a few energy generation techniques that are beneficial in electricity generation, but not useful for transportation. These are the renewable sources sun, wind and tide all of which are available in plenty. A suggestion for the plug-in hybrids in transportation has come across as a peak oil solution. The next is the wind power with huge electricity generating potential and hydroelectric power. But we actually need a total change in policy to resist the peak oil problems.

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Our Options for Current Energy Time Solutions
Monday, May 17, 2010@ 12:13 PM
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The energy crisis is worsening with the levels of the gas and oil resources dropping dangerously low in current times, alternative energy time solutions are being sought out for the production of energy. Coal and nuclear energy are some of the alternative resources that are being used, but these resources are pollutants harmful to the environment. The population is increasing rapidly, as well as the per capita usage of energy. With the dearth of energy currently being produced, we are forced to turn to energy time solutions to cater to the need.

America uses the energy produced by four major resources – primary electricity, oil, natural gas and coal. Of all these, primary electricity is the only electricity that is produced by nuclear, hydro, geothermal, wood, wind, waste and solar power plants – namely, from renewable sources. In addition, unfortunately, it is the least produced source. Energy time solutions focus mainly on using the renewable sources of energy to create energy in a way that is not harmful to the atmosphere, and at the same time, will not be easily used up. This has lead us to consider the elements of nature – wind, sunlight, rain, tides and geothermal heat – as a source to produce the much required energy.

The long-term potential of wind energy is believed to be five times total current global energy production. This requires large amounts of land to be used for wind turbines, particularly in areas of higher wind resources. This form of the energy time solutions is very productive in the generation of energy – the power of the wind increases at high altitudes and in offshore regions. Energy in water can also be harnessed and used. Since water is about 800 times denser than air, even a slow flowing stream of water, or moderate sea swell, can yield considerable amounts of energy. Solar energy – the energy derived through solar radiation – is also one of the energy time solutions that are very popular these days. Solar energy can provide energy sufficient to run houses. Geothermal energy is obtained by tapping the Earth’s heat. Though expensive to put up a plant, the maintenance and running costs are low, and geothermal heat is a very good source of energy.

Biomass and biofuel are other forms of renewable energy that are being used as energy time solutions too. Biomass refers to using plant material as sources of energy, while biomass is liquid form of energy, such as bioalcohol and biodiesel. Apart from these sources of energy time solutions, resources such as cellulosic ethanol, ocean energy, ocean thermal energy conversion and microbial fuel cells are some of the new and developing renewable energy technologies.

With the older energy forms being depleted rapidly, great importance is being given to research energy time solutions, which can be tapped and used in the production of energy to meet the current demand.

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