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.


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

Most Helpful

Learned a little, sort of expected different.

First, I had anticipated more in depth info in regards to oil comany profits etc.. how much they make per gallon etc..He just explores alternative forms of energy and how they will and will not work. I did enjoy some sections but towards the end when his big solution was to create a new government agency to handle our energy crisis, and comparing it the succesfull fed reserve I almost threw my mp3 player out the window. He blames politicians then claims they are the answer?
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- Joseph

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

Book Details

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