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The worldwide drive of decarbonisation to tackle climate change has created a debate on which system to adopt for a faster result at the best return on investment. One group is advocating nuclear energy and the other group is in favour of renewables. This article tries to focus on the pros & cons of both systems to help to arrive at a reasonable conclusion.

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Matt Chester on Mar 22, 2021

The other important question: does it have to be one or the other? Aren't there situations, areas where one makes more sense than the other? It's not about a single one-size-fits-all solution

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DR DEBASIS GUPTA on Mar 22, 2021

May be you are right.But I feel it would be better to discard nuclear energy completely as quick as possible.

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Bob Meinetz on Mar 22, 2021

Debasis, renewables and natural gas developers have recognized a pot of gold in selling the fantasy electrical grids can be powered exclusively by the wind and the sun. It's never happened anywhere, but the dream lives on.

They believe "it would be better to discard nuclear energy completely as quick as possible" too, but only out of fear they might have to get an honest job.

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DR DEBASIS GUPTA on Mar 24, 2021

Bob, It may not be like that. I believe there should be no enmity between renewables and nuclear. Scientists and researchers are working on it and we have to depend on their findings, keeping our mind open.

As Matt said, maybe both will be equally useful depending on the area and purpose of use.

I am curious to follow the growth pattern in near future.

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Bob Meinetz on Mar 25, 2021

So you "believe there should be no enmity between renewables and nuclear," but also feel "it would be better to discard nuclear energy completely as quick as possible."

Makes no sense to me, but that seems to be what a lot of renewables developers are saying. And actually, it's encouraging that some who put personal profit above protecting the environment view nuclear as a threat.

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DR DEBASIS GUPTA on Mar 28, 2021

"it would be better to discard nuclear energy completely as quickly as possible." --- This Is my personal opinion at this point in time.

But I am keeping my mind open to see if nuclear can come up in its merit. That is only possible when we "believe there should be no enmity between renewables and nuclear."

I wrote in the 5th paragraph of the article, "I have no clear cut answer for Mr Bob. I said, am personally inclined towards renewables but at the same time open to the best possible solution. Maybe it is too early to conclude just yet".

Thanks for your interactions.

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