Oct 21, 2021 • 1HR 22M

The Myth of Efficiency | Carey King

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Dr Carey King is a research scientist at the university of Texas and Assistant Director at the Energy Institute. He performs interdisciplinary research related to how energy systems interact within the economy and environment, and how these can impact the policy.


We discuss the fallacy of pursuing economic growth whilst trying to decarbonize the planet, how to re-evaluate what an economy provides for mankind, and how energy and the economy truly interact to create what he calls an “economic superorganism”. He thinks understanding the economy as a superorganism holds the key to creating more resilient policies, structures and models when combatting climate change.

This is an utterly fascinating episode that truly dives into the science driving both climate change and the mistakes being made when confronting it. Listen here or catch it on Apple or Spotify.

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