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Energy Center Hosts Interactive Event With Leading Statesman

HOBBS, N.M. September 14, 2009 – New Mexico Tech’s Center for Energy Policy will present a special presentation about the future of energy in the 21st century at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil Co., will present a one-hour talk titled “Affordable Energy in the 21st Century: Enablers and Disablers.” The talk will be followed by an open dialog about the future of energy in America.

John Hofmeister, former U.S. president for Shell Oil Corp. and founder of the Citizens for Affordable Energy non-profit group.

The presentation is free, but registration is requested at nmcep.nmt.edu or by calling 575-492-4715. The presentation will be at Tydings Auditorium at Hobbs High School.

New Mexico Tech Vice President of Research Dr. Van Romero said he’s excited that the Center is able to attract a nationally-known expert to speak in Hobbs.

“This is yet another example of how important energy resources are in southern New Mexico,” Romero said. “We are thrilled to have a distinguished guest like Mr. Hofmeister discuss important policy issues at a Center for Energy Policy event."

Romero said the Center, New Mexico Tech and the state should continue to take a leadership role in crafting the debate about our nation’s energy future.

After retiring from Shell in 2008, Hofmeister founded the non-profit group, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This Washington, D.C.-based public policy firm promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation. Hofmeister’s organization aims to facilitate discussion and action on finding affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education.

“If the nation continues on its present course affordable energy is but a memory,” Hofmeister said. “The nation’s economic competitiveness, energy security, lifestyle choices, national defense and environmental security are at risk.”

His presentation will focus on the nation’s energy policies and how industry and government leaders can adopt new priorities to secure a clear vision of energy in America and around the world.

“Forty years of partisan politics and dysfunctional public policy has brought the nation to its current predicament,” he said. “There are solutions but they require fundamental changes in the way public policy is set. The reality is the nation has more energy than it will ever need. If it can be produced, it will be affordable forever.”

Hofmeister said his organization is not a lobbying firm, but an educational group that stresses four action plans:

  • Availability: more energy from more sources
  • Efficiency: more technology and innovation to maximize energy output
  • Stewardship: stronger environmental protection and policies
  • Infrastructure: new methods of delivering energy from industry to consumers.

“We can talk about it forever, but we have to have a plan,” he said. “There is no shortage of energy. We have more than enough energy to meet our needs for the history of the Earth. We have manmade problems that get in the way of using that energy … We are determined to solve these manmade problems that prevent affordability and availability.”

Hofmeister is a frequent energy industry guest expert on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, and the Glen Beck Show on energy policy and oil prices.

Center for Energy Policy expert Dr. Daniel Fine said that Hofmeister’s talk will be especially interesting for both people who work in traditional energy fields and those in alternative energy.

“Mr. Hofmeister is the first energy statesman,” Fine said. “He has strategic influence and he’s very articulate. He represents the balance between the world of renewable energy and the industry insider’s world.”

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech