Decouple podcast: Energy returned on energy invested

Commodities investor Leigh Goehring joined Chris Keefer of the Decouple Podcast to break down the supply AND demand origins of our current energy crisis and its dire consequences, especially for our food system.

This episode explores the Energy Return on Energy Invested (EROEI) frame for understanding how an energy transition based on wind, solar, and batteries will constrain human potential, societal complexity, and ultimately our ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This interview is based on this Goehring and Rozencwajg report.…


0:00 Intro

3:57 The current energy crisis – how did we get here?

23:47 Is Variable Renewable Energy a worthwhile investment?

28:18 Why an energy surplus matters.

36:50 The approaching energy collapse

41:28 Why have solar and wind prices come down?

46:50 General energy discussion

58:04 Coming Agricultural crisis

1:05:26 Crisis in Sri Lanka

1:07:11 Solutions to the challenges

1:10:45 Outro