Why We Hate the Oil Companies

  • by John Hofmeister
  • Narrated by John Hofmeister
  • 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 insiders view of whats 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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What the Critics Say

"[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)

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Customer Reviews

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Intelligent and Realistic

If you're looking for some detailed insight into the inner workings of oil companies...this is not it. What this book does discuss is some reasonable, common sense solutions to our energy problems. One reviewer stated that the author blames politicians and then looks to them for the solution. That is not quite accurate. The author does blame politicians (both Democrat and Republican) in a sense and seeks a solution that takes the daily management of energy policy out of their hands. He does make a strong argument for a gradual transition from fossil fuels to hydrogen fuel cells and batteries (for cars) and nuclear energy (for electricity). This book helps educate you about energy and energy policy without becoming overly tedious, and offers up one possible solution for our energy problems.
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- David

Let's Get Real about our energy choices

At a time when the media are drenching the country in daily torrents of alarm and abuse directed at the oil companies because of the massive Gulf contamination arising from the BP well blow-out, this book offers a hard-hitting and persuasive appeal not to throw
our brains away when discussing energy policy. The author, former president of Shell Oil's US subsidiary, sets forth a clear and well-informed
discussion of our realistic energy choices. Interestingly, as an oil industry veteran, he firmly supports researching and developing
alternative "clean" energy sources. He also points out that environmental and safety issues will always compel sensible regulation of oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy operations. However, he also lays out the facts: unless we are willing to forego our standard of living and national security that rest in large part on relatively cheap and easily accessible energy for our homes and cars, we have no alternative to large-scale reliance on fossil fuel sources in
the next 20-30 years. The so-called "clean" alternatives (solar, wind, biofuels, conservation) make up at most 10-15% of the total energy resources at our command. The transition to fossil fuel alternatives will take time.

A most informative and thoughtful read.
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- Michael Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios