Responding to a paper published in Nature Energy, the Nuclear Innovation Alliance (NIA) wrote in an October blog post that nuclear is a carbon-free energy source with an important role to play in decarbonizing the global economy.
What to know: The editorial claims that the paper has three major flaws:
- The authors did not find any statistically significant relationship between nuclear energy and per capita CO2 emissions from multiple economic sectors.
- The paper’s methodology has key limitations, as acknowledged by the authors themselves.
- The paper fails to offer any explanation as to why a nation could not pursue both a renewable and nuclear strategy simultaneously.
They said it: “The choice is not between renewable and nuclear power,” the NIA wrote. “It is between severe climate change and decarbonized energy systems. Building as much zero-carbon power as possible—whether it is solar, wind, nuclear power, or something else—is necessary for global decarbonization.”