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John Hofmeister’s career took a dramatic turn when he went from being the President of Shell Oil to the founder and current head of Citizens for Affordable Energy, a non-profit organization that educates people about energy and environmental solutions for the 21st Century. A world-class champion of alternative fuels and weaning the U.S. off foreign oil, he travels around the country in a grassroots campaign to change the way individuals and businesses look at energy in the United States.

As president of Shell Oil, John was known for being “a straight shooter”, willing to challenge his peers throughout the industry. During his tenure he led an unprecedented nationwide outreach program within the oil business to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.

John is the author of Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an energy insider. In addition to his work at Citizens for Affordable Energy, he serves on the board of the Fuel Freedom Foundation, America's Greener Technologies, Erin Energy Company, and Applus, a global leader in the vehicle emissions inspection industry. He is a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

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    John Hofmeister, upon retirement from Shell Oil Company in July, 2008, founded and heads the not-for-profit (501(c)(3) pending), nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This Washington, D.C.-registered, public policy education firm will exist to promote sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues.

    Hofmeister was named President of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005, heading the U.S. Country Leadership Team, which included the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States. He became President after serving as Group Human Resource Director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

    As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges. The program included an 18 month, 50-city tour across the country during which Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.

    A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Hofmeister also has held key leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

    Hofmeister serves as the Chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and the Sodexo Business Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Strategic Partners, LLC, the Gas Technology Institute and the Center for Houston’s Future. Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director of the Greater Houston Partnership.

    Hofmeister earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from Kansas State University.


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Former Shell Oil President demystifies the low oil prices, outlining that the cost of this sticky commodity does not neatly conform to the rules of supply and demand. Relaying how companies and governments have consistently manipulated the industry by shutting down rigs and laying off people, he warns that if the U.S. does not work harder to displace the 7 million barrels of oil the country imports on a daily basis, the nation will fall victim to “a contrived market.”

Hofmeister urges audience members to keep pushing for alternative energy sources and domestic energy production. “Instead of importing oil to get through the day, why aren’t we developing on a strategy basis the alternative fuels that we have in this country that can dismiss any dependency on foreign oil, forever?” He asks. “We don’t need foreign oil if we fully utilize biomass, for making fuel.”

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One of the country’s leading experts in his area, John Hofmeister offers an honest and accurate account of the current state of the energy industry and how it impacts businesses across various sectors. He highlights the differences playing out between policy and practicality when it comes to one of the greatest challenges facing society in this early period of the 21st Century. Equipped with a unique perspective of the energy sector, John offers understandable and attainable solutions towards breaking the volatile cycle of low oil prices and charting a path for sustained growth.

How The United States Achieves Both Energy Security and Affordability
After spending 25 years in energy-consuming companies like GE and Notel, and 10 years in energy-producing companies like Shell Oil, John Hofmeister learned a lot about energy, where it comes from, and how nervous it makes people. In this straight-shooting presentation, Hofmeister reveals how the U.S. can achieve a more affordable energy supply, with technology and innovation for energy efficiency, and more environmental stewardship for sustainability. With a non-partisan approach, he offers practical, understandable ideas on the entire spectrum of energy, from green to coal to gas, and solutions you wouldn′t expect from a former CEO of Shell Oil.




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    Why We Hate the Oil Companies: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider
    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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How The United States Achieves Both Energy Security and Affordability
After spending 25 years in energy-consuming companies like GE and Notel, and 10 years in energy-producing companies like Shell Oil, John Hofmeister learned a lot about energy, where it comes from, and how nervous it makes people. In this straight-shooting presentation, Hofmeister reveals how the U.S. can achieve a more affordable energy supply, with technology and innovation for energy efficiency, and more environmental stewardship for sustainability. With a non-partisan approach, he offers practical, understandable ideas on the entire spectrum of energy, from green to coal to gas, and solutions you wouldn′t expect from a former CEO of Shell Oil.

Keynote Speech


Former Shell Oil President demystifies the low oil prices, outlining that the cost of this sticky commodity does not neatly conform to the rules of supply and demand. Relaying how companies and governments have consistently manipulated the industry by shutting down rigs and laying off people, he warns that if the U.S. does not work harder to displace the 7 million barrels of oil the country imports on a daily basis, the nation will fall victim to “a contrived market.”

Hofmeister urges audience members to keep pushing for alternative energy sources and domestic energy production. “Instead of importing oil to get through the day, why aren’t we developing on a strategy basis the alternative fuels that we have in this country that can dismiss any dependency on foreign oil, forever?” He asks. “We don’t need foreign oil if we fully utilize biomass, for making fuel.”

Keynote Speech


Panel Discussion Speech