Citizens for Affordable Energy: Another Oilman Goes Activist

T. Boone Pickens started it. Now the phenomenon of oil barons going public with green agendas continues. John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, has put together an environmental advocacy group called Citizens for Affordable Energy. Some background from


Educate citizens and government officials about pragmatic, non-partisan affordable energy solutions, environmental stewardship, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life.


Direct engagement of citizens and leaders across the country by using: memberships, in-person classes, seminars, panels, town halls, speeches, advertising, promotions, networking, and web- enabled communications to deliver an environmentally conscious national energy security plan for the short, medium and long term benefit of the nation.

Mr. Hofmeister is using his leadership skills to organize Americans
who want to improve their quality of life, not make a buck off another bubble. Citizens for Affordable Energy is also partnering with various research institutions to come up with a real energy plan for the country.

This kind of activist, eco-friendly publicity is the bright side to 2008’s economic monster. Hofmeister may have some shadowy capitalist agenda, like Pickens and his water supply, but when there’s a fire to fight, agendas must take a backseat to action.

Even if it’s a marketing ploy, I’ll take it.
Politicians are embroiled and lackluster. Colorful, save-the-world online community action–now that’s executive leadership.

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  • Karen Tolleson

    I am so tired of paying these high prices and I want to know what I can do to help stop this energy crisis

  • Louise

    How do we get Congress to let you drill where you know the oil is located?

  • Constance

    We have to stop this Godless enviromental movement. We need oil, wind , solar, nuclear—all of it but especially OIL—-the world runs on oil

  • Mark Bolding

    If you haven’t checked out the Citizens for Affordable Energy site (, I urge you to do so. I found this site a few weeks ago and was impressed. John Hofmeister is putting himself out there in the public’s eye in retirement. With all the historical distrust for big oil and oil executives, this is not always an easy thing to do, I’m sure.

    I am in total agreement with Mr. Hofmeister on two important points. First, We need to fund and develop alternative forms of energy and support domestic production. Second, we need to get the decision making out of the hands of politicians with agendas and work toward the development of a true energy plan and infrastructure for the future.

    I lived in China for three years from 2003-2005. Whether you believe in the Global Warming or not, the damaging effects of hydrocarbon pollution is a very real concern. China’s skies were always hazy. In fact, my daily Yahoo weather information in the town I lived in was either, clear, rainy or hazy. “Hazy” meant pollution. And, sadly, this was the forecast about 3/4 of the time. While in China, I had two elderly uncles (my wife is Chinese) die of leukemia. I began to notice a very alarming rate of leukemia and intestinal cancer among friends and acquaintances. I knew in my heart it was from the air and the water. While in China, I developed pneumonia. My doctor told me that it is not uncommon for foreigners who stay any length of time in China due to the pollution.

    We need to become proactive and take these decisions out of Washington and into the hands of the people. This is what Hofmeister is proposing. I don’t know if China will be able to effectively deal with these problems. But, I know America can if we work together.

  • Nina Otazo

    Citizens for Affordable Energy is an important site to check out. As a group of voices together we can get the politicians to do what we elected them to do – be our advocates and do what is right.