Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider

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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. While pundits proffer false new promises of green energy independence, or flatly deny the existence of a problem, Hofmeister offers an insider’s view of what’s behind the energy companies’ ...

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Overview

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. While pundits proffer false new promises of green energy independence, or flatly deny the existence of a problem, Hofmeister offers an insider’s view of what’s behind the energy companies’ posturing, and how politicians use energy misinformation, disinformation, and lack of information to get and stay elected. He tackles the energy controversy head-on, without regard for political correctness. He also provides a new framework for solving difficult problems, identifying solutions that will lead to a future of comfortable lifestyles, affordable and clean energy, environmental protection, and sustained economic competitiveness.

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Why We Hate the Oil Companies is refreshingly pragmatic in its view, an engaging and illuminating read in an incredibly politicized policy area…America will be all the better for it.”—Foreign Policy

"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

“A remarkably balanced reflection from a past industry player. Hofmeister obviously doesn’t give a rip about what his former colleagues think about him; he’s critical of the industry and has the street cred to be…Offers some aggressive solutions to global warming and the over-consumption of energy.”—The Globe and Mail

 

“[Hofmeister] persuasively argues that oil companies’ sometimes poor actions and reputations combined with politicians’ false promises have created an untenable framework for moving forward in addressing the United States’ energy future.”—Santa Fe Reporter

“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230115941
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 949,204
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

The Future is More, not Less

There is an Energy Shortage, But There is no Shortage of Energy

Energy Independence? Keep Dreaming

No, We're not Addicted to Oil

Go right! Go left! No way!

Forget the Free Market

The Future is Struggle

The Industry is Parochial. Surprised?

Oil and Gas: Unlovable and Unavoidable

Utilities: Ditto!

Can Refueling Stay Simple?

Conservation Starts with Land Use Management

Inconvenient or not, the Truth is That Climate Change is not the Issue

Energy and Politics: Oil and Water

Our Government is Broken

Here's How We Fix it

More is More - Every Voice Counts

Epilogue: U.S. Energy in 2110

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Every American needs to read this book.

    We have an obvious (obvious to everyone but our politians)security problem with energy as a focal point. This must be delt with and this book clearly points out that our elected officials are not capable of fixing it. Energy independence is the key to to security in a world where China, India, and a host of others will be (and are) competing for their share of finite resources. We need a long range plan and currently we don't have one. This book is a real eye opener.

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    Posted March 13, 2014

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    Nice! Your pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Poem

    Every day that goes by i think about you,Your beautiful smile shines brighter than the sun,when i wake up i see you right beside me,i touch your back and you tell me how much you love me but you know i love you more,There is know way we could seperate we were made for each other thats how life is when two people have feelings for each other stronger than a diamond nothing can stop our love we arent like romeo and juliet we are so much more but it is unknown to me and you~Grimm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    It's OK. Hofmeister makes a some good points

    The author really understands the oil business. If you are a renewable energy fan then you are not going to like this book. He tells the truth, that wind mills are just not going to make a dent in the our energy needs. He has some solutions that could work but would politicians give up control of our countries energy policies to an independent board? I don’t think so.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Must read for anyone who really wants to understand energy policy

    John Hofmeister has been in the energy business for a long time. He gives a good overview of the existing and emerging technologies, and a thirty year plan to get to energy security at a realistic pace. He says we need to start right now; informed citizen participation is the only way we can get to sustainable goals. As an industry insider he knows and exposes the myths of "energy independence", and biases the players bring to the table. After reading this book you will want to do something productive, and your conversations with your co-workers and others will be smart and informed.

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