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Former President of Shell Oil to Speak on Energy Policy

10/9/2009 10:27:18 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. On Tuesday, October 13, the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy, housed on the campus of New Mexico Junior College, will present John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, at Tydings Auditorium on the Hobbs High School campus at 6:30 p.m.

Hofmeister, who is also a prime mover behind the Texas “STEM” initiative, Energy Advisor to the University of Houston, and member of the Board of Advisors of the University of North Texas, will present “Affordable Energy in the 21st Century: Enablers and Disablers,” a critical review of the pending Cap and Trade legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

According to Hofmeister, “If the nation continues on its present course, affordable energy is but a memory. The nation’s economic competitiveness, energy security, lifestyle choices, national defense and environmental security are at risk. Forty years of partisan politics and dysfunctional public policy has brought the nation to its current predicament. 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.”

The presentation is expected to last about an hour, followed by an open discussion. There is no charge for this event, but pre-registration can be completed by calling Robert Caudle at 575.492.4715 or visiting the NM Center for Energy Policy’s website at

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