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John Hofmeister in Esquire Magazine on Gulf oil spill
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 3:48 PM
Author: admin

The Secret, 700-Million-Gallon Oil Fix That Worked — and Might Save the Gulf

May 13, 2010 at 6:46AM by Mark Warren

Reposted from: www.esquire.com

Workers on the Arabian Gulf overlook a supertanker owned by Saudi Aramco, the oil company that used a suck-and-salvage American technology to recover 85 percent of its previously unreported spill in 1993 and ‘94.

“There’s a potential solution to the Gulf oil spill that neither BP, nor the federal government, nor anyone — save a couple intuitive engineers — seems willing to try. As The Politics Blog reported on Tuesday in an interview with former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister, the untapped solution involves using empty supertankers to suck the spill off the surface, treat and discharge the contaminated water, and either salvage or destroy the slick….”

Read the full article at:

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/gulf-oil-spill-supertankers-051310#ixzz0nv2maM7s

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John Hofmeister’s appearance on the “Today” Show
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 2:59 PM
Author: admin

Former oil exec talk energy policy

Hofmeister used to work at Shell, now he’s on a mission

Posted at: today.msnbc.msn.com, May 13, 2010

As president of Shell Oil, John Hofmeister was known for being a straight shooter, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. Now, he’s a man on a mission, the founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy, crisscrossing the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way we look at energy in this country. Read an excerpt from his book “Why We Hate the Oil Companies.”

Read the full article at:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/37126277/ns/today-today_books/#ixzz0nulHVtyM

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John Hofmeister is referenced on Soxfirst.com
Friday, May 14, 2010@ 2:32 PM
Author: admin

“BP’s reputation has taken a shellacking with the Gulf of Mexico spill which threatens to destroy the fisheries of the Gulf Coast and the wetlands of Louisiana. BP faces enormous clean-up and compensation bills. It’s also looking at a barrage of lawsuits, and a political backlash against the deep-water drilling which is such an important part of its business.

But then, everyone seems to hate oil companies. They all have bad reputations. As John Hofmeister writes in the Booz Allen Hamilton journal….”

Read the full article online at: http://www.soxfirst.com/50226711/why_we_hate_oil_companies.php

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ALERT: John Hofmeister with Neil Cavuto @ 4:00 PM on FoxNews
Thursday, May 13, 2010@ 7:46 PM
Author: admin

John Hofmeister visits Neil Cavuto on FoxNews Today at 4:00PM

John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil and current head of Citizens for Affordable Energy, will appear on “Your World with Neil Cavuto”  on FoxNews at 4:00 PM EST, May 13th 2010.

Hofmeister is an individual with a unique perspective on not only the oil industry, but on the nation’s energy situation as a whole.  An expert in his field, he is the former President of the Shell Oil Company as well as the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Citizens for Affordable Energy which exists, “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.”   He has also written a book entitled Why We Hate the Oil Companies:  Straight Talk From an Energy Insider, due for release on May 25th.

Text “ENERGY” to 20222 to make a ten dollar donation to Citizens for Affordable Energy.

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John Hofmeister is available for interviews and speaking engagements.   For more information please contact Karen Hofmeister at 713-523-7333 or karen.hofmeister@jkhgroup.org .

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John Hofmeister talks with Neil Cavuto
Thursday, May 13, 2010@ 12:44 AM
Author: admin

John Hofmeister appears on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to discuss the Gulf oil spill, on May 3, 2010.

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John Hofmeister and others offers advice on BP Gulf Spill
Tuesday, May 11, 2010@ 8:45 PM
Author: admin

Plan B in the Gulf

By RIKI OTT, KEN ARNOLD, JOHN HOFMEISTER, TERRY HAZEN and KEVIN M. YEAGER
Published: May 10, 2010

Over the weekend BP learned that its latest effort at stanching the Deepwater Horizon oil spill — placing a huge metal dome over the leak — had failed. With the oil slick now washing up on the Louisiana shore, the Op-Ed editors asked five experts for their thoughts on what should be done now — and how we can avoid future catastrophes….

Please read the entire article, including John Hofmeister’s advice, at :

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/11/opinion/11oped2.html?ref=opinion

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John Hofmeister on Coming UK Oil Crisis
Saturday, April 24, 2010@ 3:28 AM
Author: Press

John Hofmeister is quoted in The Sun UK Online discussing the coming fuel crisis in the UK.

By BEN JACKSON
Environment Editor, The Sun UK

A FORMER boss of SHELL yesterday claimed the UK is in “big trouble” over future energy supplies.

Blame ... John Hofmeister

John Hofmeister said ministers had failed to build new nuclear power plants or develop ways of taking advantage of our coal reserves.

He blamed the Government for an “unwillingness to tackle the big problems of energy supply”. Instead, decision makers had opted for “weak and anaemic alternatives”.

His comments came a day after UK energy regulator Ofgem warned that Britain will suffer an energy crisis in just SIX YEARS – with power cuts during peak times. Mr Hofmeister, who was Shell president in America and has written a book, Why We Hate The Oil Companies, said: “I’m in favour of wind energy but people don’t know how many turbines will be necessary to achieve the goals of our elected officials.

“We’re talking tens of thousands of turbines – people will say, ‘Oh my God, I had no idea’. When they see the number of turbines that are needed they will be appalled.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/money/city/2944202/Sun-City-Market-report-All-the-latest-business-news.html?print=yes

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CAN SENDING A TEXT MESSAGE HELP LOWER ENERGY COSTS?
Sunday, April 18, 2010@ 5:22 PM
Author: Press

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen Hofmeister

Telephone: 713-523-7333

E-Mail: karen.hofmeister@jkhgroup.org

CAN SENDING A TEXT MESSAGE HELP LOWER ENERGY COSTS?

It Can If a Donation is Texted to Citizens for Affordable Energy

Citizens for Affordable Energy educates citizens and government officials about pragmatic, non-partisan affordable energy solutions, environmental protections, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life. CEO and founder of Citizens for Affordable Energy is John Hofmeister, the former President of Shell Oil. He founded the group to help educate citizens who will ultimately demand public policy by which America produces much more energy for affordability and sustainability.

By texting the word ENERGY to 20222 individuals can make a donation to Citizens for Affordable Energy and help further the cause of leading America to a more prosperous tomorrow. Donations to the group can help to accomplish the goals of bringing the cost of energy down, more energy independence, creating energy in an environmentally-friendly manner, developing new technology for energy production, developing alternative forms of energy, and improving energy policy.

For more information please visit www.citizensforaffordableenergy.com. John Hofmeister has carefully explained his vision and energy solutions in the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider, to be released on May 25th by Palgrave McMillan.

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For more information please contact Karen Hofmeister at 713-523-7333 or karen.hofmeister@jkhgroup.org.

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Chasing votes with ‘clean and green’
Sunday, April 18, 2010@ 4:40 PM
Author: Press

Chasing votes with ‘clean and green’

Despite the talk, ideology doesn’t translate to actual alternative energy

By JOHN HOFMEISTER

HOUSTON CHRONCLE
March 6, 2010, 4:00PM

I’m a backer of wind, solar and biofuels as new, high-technology future contributors to the energy supply of the nation. Facing the daunting demand forecasts of the medium- and long-term future, the nation will need all the energy it can produce from every available source. Today’s seeming abundance of energy is a recession-driven aberration from the continuing rise in postindustrial, electron-dominated energy requirements in this century. Companies, institutions, governments and homes are run by information systems and countless electrical devices. When transportation also demands electrons, watch your meter spin!

Yet public officials from the president and vice president to Cabinet and congressional leaders insult our intelligence by delivering scripted messages that the future of the new energy system in this country is clean renewable energy that will be delivered by countless so-called green jobs. The fake chimes of energy independence echo up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. Do headlines make truth, regardless of content? What is it about organizations like Repower America and the Center for American Progress, which provide ideology, not substance, to the administration and congressional leadership on the so-called new energy system? Why are their conclusions unchallenged? Is it ease of messaging, for who can be against clean and green? Is it to run away from hard choices about hydrocarbons and nuclear energy? No one’s against cleaner energy. But is it material? Is it affordable? Can it deliver commercial, ample new energy to the ever-aging existing energy system? Let’s be honest. It’s incremental and expensive.

The American people, if sometimes late, are eventually pragmatic about energy hype without substance. Wind and solar don’t reduce the electric bill; biofuels don’t reduce gas prices. Misinformation and disinformation lead to communications bankruptcy. I told Sen. Barack Obama he needed a hydrocarbon plank in his presidential energy platform to deliver affordable gasoline. He responded that, as president, he would do biofuels. I said I’m doing biofuels (at the time as Shell Oil’s president) but not materially by 2012, or even 2016. He said we’ll do biofuels. I asked, with what subsidy? End of conversation.

Clean and green, the energy system we aspire to, is subsidized like no other energy source in history. By whom? Us, and our progeny. All energy has historically received some type of public support to even out the volatility of high and low price cycles. The Energy Information Agency of the U.S. government’s Department of Energy reports that, for 2008, natural gas was subsidized 25 cents per megawatt hour of electricity produced, coal received 44 cents per megawatt hour, nuclear $1.59. Oil was not reported in these numbers since oil is hardly a factor in electricity production. However, oil benefits from a variety of tax subsidies for dry well expenses and royalty holidays dating from the $10-a-barrel oil days of the late 1990s, which the administration promises to rescind. At the same time in the same year, wind energy received public subsidy of $23.37 per megawatt hour; solar energy received $24.34. These numbers do not include the additional subsidies we taxpayers have been compelled to pay for wind, solar and biofuels through the stimulus plan, the 2010 budget and the 2011 framework budget. These subsidies help support 2 percent of today’s energy system. Their proponents promise to double and double again the amounts of subsidized supply from clean and green with no commitment to ending subsidies. That’s not a new energy system.

Frittering at the edges

Here’s the problem I have with what the administration and Congress are doing. They are frittering at the edges of the energy system, not even building a manufacturing base to sustain its growth, because it’s politically popular. Polls say bashing the energy industry gets votes. You don’t govern by promoting coal, oil, gas and nuclear when you just got elected berating them. Symbols trump substance. Meanwhile, our leaders ignore 93 percent of base energy — hydrocarbons and nuclear, which are aging rapidly and in need of major new investment — at their constituents’ peril. The nation needs its leaders to promote short-, medium- and long-term energy supplies from all sources and do what it takes to deliver. Beginning with the Nixon administration, we’ve had eight presidents and 18 Congresses who have promised energy independence and never delivered.

Recent announcements on tripling loan guarantees for future nuclear construction are little more than sleeves off the vest. Loan guarantees are useless for unaffordable new nuclear investments, which have also just lost their future source of nuclear waste disposal. The administration torched $20 billion of our money, announcing its determination to forever close Yucca Mountain, Nevada’s national nuclear waste repository. After decades of build-out, just as the site sought license approval, an eight-week-old administration pulled the budget plug.

It’s politics

Does anyone suspect the reason? Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader, faces a tough re-election race in 2010; he is benefited by the energy secretary’s announcement, undoubtedly from orders on high, to shut down the nation’s only safe and reliable storage site. Now we’re appointing a blue ribbon panel to study what we studied decades ago and report out in two more years. Why not a blue ribbon panel to commoditize nuclear and reprocess waste to lower costs, so we can actually build more plants?

As for hydrocarbons, the administration is proposing a series of demonstration projects to evaluate carbon capture and sequestration by 2016. Never mind that new coal leasing is all but dead, stopped in its tracks by the EPA. They’re kicking the can down the alley, while making headlines as if they’re doing something.

Regarding other hydrocarbons, EPA regulation of fracking is being proposed, which will add time and cost to developing tight gas reserves. Offshore leasing for drilling is as stalled as it was when congressional and presidential moratoria precluded it for 30 years.

But “clean and green” it is: the simplistic formula to make it look like we’re serious about producing more energy. It will produce votes, not material energy. It’s not enough and never will be. We’re headed for an energy abyss.

Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, is founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy. He also is the author of the book Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk From an Energy Insider (Palgrave Macmillan, $27).

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The new age of the energy abyss
Sunday, April 18, 2010@ 3:57 PM
Author: Press

The new age of the energy abyss

By JOHN HOFMEISTER

HOUSTON CHRONCLE
March 13, 2010

Given the condition of our country’s energy system and the public policies that currently govern it, the nation will begin a new era by the end of this decade. By the year 2020, the age of the energy abyss will begin. Once it begins, it is sure to last at least a decade or longer.

Hard decisions avoided and ignored over the past 40 years, together with another several terms of political leaders and policymakers kicking the can down the alley, will combine to ensure shortages of liquid fuel for transportation and electrons for everything electrical and electronic. (Texas may be exempted, other than having very high prices, thanks to local drilling, refineries and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for much of the state).

Gas lines, outages of fuel and sky-high prices at the pump will besiege and enrage drivers and truckers who have no transportation alternatives. Ongoing brownouts and rolling blackouts are now inconveniences endured during ice storms and hurricanes or after thunderstorms. In the age of the energy abyss, they will be employed by electric system operators more frequently, and especially in the hot summer and cold winter months, as an alternative to otherwise shutting down the system to save it from self-destruction. Grass-roots Americans will ask themselves, How did this happen? What’s with this Third World, Venezuela-like problem? Who did this to us?

Who’s to blame?

Whom do we blame? Will it be the fault of electric utilities, oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, biofuels, hydropower, hydrogen, geothermal, nuclear or wave energy producers, each of which works for its investors? Will it be the fault of investors who put money only in energy projects that paid them a return? Will it be consumers who for more than a century have benefited from affordable and available energy and built their lives around it on the presumption that their energy purchases, votes and tax dollars ensured continuity of energy supply? Or will it be the combination of eight presidents since Richard Nixon, who in November 1973 promised “energy independence” within seven years, together with 18 Congresses, which likewise promoted energy independence but failed to deliver on their energy public policy promises?

From the 1910s through the 1970s the great American energy system build-out occurred. Never in human history had so much financial and human capital gone into creating a ubiquitous and homogenous energy system that fostered the creation of the world’s largest economy, won two world wars for freedom and raised a standard of living that became the envy of the world. Energy was affordable and available. The shiver down the spine created by the Arab oil embargo in 1973 was the first shot across the nation’s bow that suggested perhaps the energy nirvana we enjoyed also carried risks. Today’s energy system is essentially a 40-plus-year-old legacy of what we built back then. Add 10 more years and we are headed toward a 50-plus-year-old legacy energy system that cannot carry on. It’s worn out.

Dismal record

With no national energy policy, here’s the track record. In the past five years the nation’s electric utilities have shelved plans for more than 100 new coal plants because the barriers were too great to build them. They have ignored gasification of coal because they can’t get a high enough price to pay for the technology. More than 100 nuclear plants were built in the 1960s and ’70s. The last one built was finally commissioned in the early 1990s, having endured more than a decade of delay. Not a single new plant has been built since, and I can all but guarantee that another one will not be built or commissioned in this decade. Time marches on. Many nuclear plant licenses begin expiring in this decade. The nation has endured 30 years of congressional and presidential moratoria prohibiting offshore drilling across 85 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf. While the law expired in 2008 and President George W. Bush took seven and a half years to lift the presidential moratoria, nothing has happened since then. Support for future drilling shows up in occasional words, not actions. For oil and gas companies to expand their operations into the nation’s reservoirs of untouched oil and gas resources they need approved leases, actions not words. Instead we “fritter at the edges” of our energy system by promoting subsidized wind, solar and biofuels, pretending to remake the nation’s energy system. Addressing 2 percent of our energy supply by promising to double it and double it again with subsidized funding does not make a new energy system.

Meanwhile, 93 percent of our existing energy base, and the infrastructure that supports it, is aging faster than it is being maintained. The balance comes from old and silted dams. No new dams are planned. The world’s largest economy is energized by a precarious, aged, diminishing supply infrastructure. The most promising new supply, natural gas from tight formations, relies on fracking technology. Its prospect is shrinking and slowed by the threat of authorizing oversight from the federal EPA instead of states.

Meanwhile, in China …

China, meanwhile, commissions a new coal plant every week and licenses coal gasification technology for multiple purposes, including electricity production. It just bought $60 billion of Australian coal because it can’t produce enough itself. It is building dozens of nuclear plants with a goal of a hundred new plants in coming decades. China is the world’s largest builder of wind and solar systems, not only the installations but also the manufacturing plants to produce such systems.

The American energy abyss will take hold of the country thanks to political leaders who make promises but not policy, who point fingers, but not at themselves. They have chosen the do-nothing path to avoid tough choices. They prefer partisanship and policy paralysis in spite of the nation’s needs. They are guided by the arrogance of incumbency, avoiding the risk of offending special interests. They make words of rectitude, not decisions to deliver the goods. Politics and energy are oil and water. They don’t mix. The nation’s energy abyss will be proof positive, if such is needed.

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