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'Why We Hate the Oil Companies' author took questions

Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line June 13, 2010

SEAN GARDNER

John Hofmeister is the retired president of Royal Dutch Shell's U.S. operations, and author of the book, Why We Hate the Oil Companies, in which he argues for a pragmatic approach to an essential industry. He is founder of Washington-based Citizens for Affordable Energy, a public education group that promotes reliance on a "range of affordable energy supplies." Mr. Hofmeister has warned against the government over-reacting to BP PLC's blowout by shutting down the entire offshore industry.

He took questions from Globe energy writer Shawn McCarthy, and Globe readers.

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