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Jokuhl – I don’t think the concept of EROEI is flawed. But I think some folks tend to use it in inappropriate comparisons at time. IMHO you can’t compare the EROEI of drilling an Eagle Ford well to building a dam in Oregon. First, the company drilling well doesn’t care what the EROEI is of their projects…probably isn’t even familiar with the term. It’s even more complicated than just utilizing rate of return for a public company because they are also factoring the effect on the stock value from booking (or not) additional proven reserves. Second, ignoring the first point, no one builds a dam expecting to recover 100% of their investment in a couple of years. Same could be said for any other major alt project. Payout could be 5+ years. OTOH the revenue stream from that alt could last for many decades while the other project has a life span of just a few years. Third, what i...

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