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  • Oct 11, 2020

Problems integrating both renewables and nuclear onto the grid according to this report

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 11, 2020

Charley, authors of these anti-nuke hit pieces masquerading as "studies" can invariably it can be identified as one of 5-10 ideologues who have made a cottage industry out of fearmongering with little to no training in the subject about which they're writing.

Benjamin Sovacool, the attorney/businessman with only general studies training in science, is writing this time about a subject with which he does have some understanding - nuclear energy is destroying the business case for solar and wind. Frustrating as it must be, it will continue to do so, until solar and wind are dead - chalked up as one of the most successful but destructive marketing campaigns in history, advanced surreptitiously by oil majors for the sole purpose of eliminating its only real competition.

And Benjamin Sovacool will be forced to pursue a career in law, perhaps chasing ambulances. It can't happen a moment too soon.


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Roger Arnold on Oct 12, 2020

Before anyone gets too excited about the article Charley is calling to our attention, I recommend the Energy Central News piece titled The Battle Between Renewables And Nuclear Is Heating Up. It's reporting on the same Nature Energy "study" that the Climate News Network story is covering. But it's better informed. It links to an eye-opening Twitter thread by Alex Gilbert, an energy analyst who has actually read the study.

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Matt Chester on Oct 12, 2020

Thanks for sharing Roger-- this is indeed a good summary of why eyebrows should raise:

At the core the article just does a regression of non-transportation CO2 emissions per capita versus nuclear and renewable energy use. This is immediately suspect as nuclear and renewables are primarily for the electric sector

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Bob Meinetz on Oct 14, 2020

Roger, your link to "The Battle" didn't work for me on EC, but I was able to track down Sovacool's paper in Nature.

Surprisingly, his four co-authors are even less qualified to write about nuclear energy than he is.  Three are business management specialists, another, an HIV researcher, another has two papers to his credit examining the composition of dust on Mars.

Antinuclear co-conspirators who have actually worked in the industry are apparently hard to come by these days.

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Matt Chester on Oct 14, 2020

Here's the link Roger was referring to, for anyone else who wants to read:

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