Bruce McKenzie Everett


Bruce Everett has over three decades of experience in the energy business as a government official, oil industry executive, teacher and commentator on energy policy.


Born and bred in the Boston area, and still a die-hard Red Sox fan, he graduated from Princeton University in 1969 and earned a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1980.


During the oil crises of 1973-74, Bruce joined the fledgling Federal Energy Administration in Washington in the Office of International Affairs and continued with the Department of Energy when it was formed in 1977.


Anxious to see the world outside the Beltway, he joined ExxonMobil Corporation in 1980, traveled the world and worked across the spectrum of the energy industry, including oil, coal, natural gas, electricity.  He retired in 2002.


Bruce currently teaches oil market economics as Adjunct Professor of International Business at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and Adjunct Associate Professor of International Business at the Fletcher School.


Bruce and his wife Kathy currently split their time between Washington DC and Cape Cod.  Their son Matthew is an electrical engineer currently living in Los Angeles, and their daughter Meghan is an accountant living in New York..



  1. Mr. Everett,

    I just listened to an interview broadcast on NPR where you made an analogy of the BP oil spill to an airplane crash. I’ve heard this theory being tossed around more and more recently and it aggravates me. While both are horrible disasters, I can only hope that you’re aware of how dissimilar they are. BP’s oil spill not only killed people, it has decimated multiple ecosystems and crushed the livelihoods of thousands. An airplane crash, while tragic, will never have these effects. Please don’t make the disaster in our Gulf sound so trite. Especially in a position of authority like yours, it’s a shame that you fail to see the widespread implications of the spill, and then belittle the issue by making an inadequate comparison. Don’t write off the gravity of this situation. Think a little instead.

    • Mark-

      I’m not sure if NPR played the full interview or just sound bites, but you misunderstood my point. I was not comparing the severity of this incident with an airplane crash. The Gulf spill is clearly a massive problem which will cause great economic and environmental damage. My point was about the process we use to regulate these operations. The air travel system involves a partnership among the aircraft manufacturers, the airlines and the government to identify accident causes and prevent them from happening again. As a result of this process, the air traffic system has gotten safer and safer over the years. In the oil industry, which is equally vital to our economic well-being, we have an adversarial relationship in which our elected officials rage and posture but don’t do anything constructive to prevent this from happening again.

      Always happy to get comments back on my blog. A somewhat more friendly tone would be appreciated.

  2. Hi Professor Everett,

    Hope all is going well. Just got finished reading the article in this week’s Economist regarding “drop-in” fuels. I don’t know much about them myself, but I imagine you have some thoughts? Seems like it could merit a bit of attention; the companies that are under scrutiny are apparently driving for profitability that is not dependent on subsidies.


    Mike Moisio

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    • Great idea! I’ll try to post something in the next week or so.

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