Houston Matters

What’s the Best Way to Break America’s Dependence on Foreign Oil?

We talk with John Hofmeister. The former Shell Oil president has a lot of ideas about America’s energy future, on what it should be based, and how it should be regulated. (In the past, he’s called for an independent energy regulator similar to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve). Hofmeister is the founder and CEO of the advocacy […]

We talk with John Hofmeister. The former Shell Oil president has a lot of ideas about America’s energy future, on what it should be based, and how it should be regulated. (In the past, he’s called for an independent energy regulator similar to the Chairman of the Federal Reserve).

Hofmeister is the founder and CEO of the advocacy group Citizens for Affordable Energy, which presses for American independence from foreign oil. While he’s no longer at Shell, Hofmeister is working with companies which provide products and services to the oil industry, including Hunting PLC, Lufkin Industries, and CAMAC Energy.

That may seem, on the surface, to suggest his advocacy is in opposition to his business interests, but it’s not. Hofmeister wants U.S. consumers to break their addiction to foreign oil, and turn instead to domestic energy. That position is delineated in a documentary called Pump, produced in conjunction with the Fuel Freedom Foundation, which advocates for expansion of ethanol, methanol and natural gas alongside electric technology. The film characterizes use of fuel-based additives and natural gas as alternatives to break America’s oil dependence. But are they really alternatives, or just oil in other forms?

We pose that question to Hofmeister, hear his views on our energy future, and welcome your questions.

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