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Renewables or Nuclear? A New Front in the Academic War Over Decarbonization

The debate over the fastest way to decarbonize the grid is intensifying, as experts debate a paper from last December claiming modular renewables could beat nuclear power.

The paper, from a Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) team led by the institute’s chief scientist and co-founder Amory Lovins, criticized the work of more than a dozen authors who asserted that wind andsolarcould not scale up as quickly as nuclear in the race to cut carbon emissions.

But now the Lovins paper is facing criticism from experts who say the RMI analysis contains significant errors, including a factor-of-10 mistake in some results.

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