John Hofmeister Challenges NAPE Attendees

John Hofmeister NAPE
John Hofmeister NAPE

In a short talk to the attendees of the NAPE business conference, the former president of Shell Oil Company, John Hofmeister, shared his perspective on the current regulatory and political environment and encouraged participants to take leadership.

Hofmeister gave a brief update on what he sees as a crisis in the energy sector, citing the massive shutdowns of coal plants and the U.S. neglect of nuclear power sources. He also highlighted our inability to keep up and believes we cannot meet global oil demand by 2020. He reminded participants that the world will use more, not less, energy and that the post industrial electronic age brings more demand than ever.

Addressing the lunch crowd, John Hofmesiter said, “The devices that we love and that our children love even greater, are penetrating the population by the billions and they only work with electrons.

Hofmeister laid much of the blame squarely at the feet of the legislature, claiming that the regulatory burden is too high and insisting that someone must provide leadership and look out for the public interest. During much of the speech, he took on the fervor of a political candidate as he called on the energy guardians to “lift the game” to renovate, expand, build and change the current political climate that is hampering growth.

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Hofmeister encouraged the crowd to take leadership, saying, “It (Energy) is our national security. It is our economic security. it is the wealth of the nation. It is the most highly value creating opportunity this nation has to achieve the kind of economic growth that pays down the deficit, that enables us to secure social security or medicare, that enables us to create jobs by the millions, that enables us to put savings in bank accounts, that enables us to provide education for our children, that enables us to build infrastructure for water and sewer and roads and highways and everything else we rely upon, that enables our basic freedoms to be recognized, to be honored and to be realized. This is our job.