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"Mr. Hofmeister does his country a favor by pointing the finger of blame at the government and not at oil companies, which, every time there's a major hurricane, are used as scapegoats so politicians don't have to take responsibility for the fundamental causes of the nation's daunting energy situation. We need more voices like Mr. Hofmeister's."—The Washington Times
“In an ambitious attempt to redefine the national discussion on energy policy, John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Co., argues that pretty much everyone—from politicians to oil execs to environmentalists—is wrong on the issue…The good news: his ideas could actually work…A compelling, important book, especially given current events.”—Newsweek
“Essential…[Lays out his points] brilliantly and entertainingly. And with the eerie calm of a Vlucan. And he spares no one criticism.”—Esquire
“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
John Hofmeister joined Shell Oil in 1997 and served as its president from 2005-2008, following twenty-five years in major energy consuming companies, including GE, Nortel and AlliedSignal. He is now the chairman of the board of the National Urban League and founder of the nonprofit Citizens for Affordable Energy. He has appeared on the Today Show, Meet the Press, and other major news shows, and continues to be sought out as an expert on energy issues by media including CNN, CNBC, Fox Business Today, and Bloomberg, among others. He lives in Houston, TX.
He suggests a better plan for moving ahead with US energy policy.
Sure, he kind of backs into the argument with statements like, "It is so politically incorrect to argue for more drilling that many have given up."
His analysis focuses principally on why oil (and other energy companies) can't produce more energy....and blames this squarely on our government.
Lots of common sense in this one and a good look at the future insofar as the energy world is concerned..Published 5 months ago by Tom
it all seems so logical. well told explanation of how the industry works. I'd recommend this book to all liberals/conservationists.Published 10 months ago by Bruce R. Machol
I got this book after listening to a talk given by the author. the book is really good and shed the lights on so many known facts of life that we don't really pay attention to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rofess
The author seems to be more interested in influencing the political powers to allow oil companies to operate with legislation to improve their profit margin. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen M. Simonds
A reality check on where we are and where we should be going. It is easy to point fingers; more challenging to find solutions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by W. Allen
If you really want to know what is going on regarding clean energy, oil and fossil fuel pricing, READ THIS BOOK! Learn about the political posturing that has gone on for decades. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Adam Chornesky
I view this book as a missed opportunity. Hofmeister had access to great data and top industry minds, and I would have liked to see him deliver a book packed with the kinds of... Read morePublished on October 7, 2012 by Richard R. Johnson
The author is a good spokesperson for oil companies. Logical, since he is a company person. The content of the book has nothing to do with the title. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by David C. Tucker
Interesting, informative and not what I expected. The author is a true expert on energy matters. Following an in depth analysis of how and why US energy policy is broken, he offers... Read morePublished on April 17, 2012 by Foggy