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    If we had full utilization of nuclear globally, emissions would be 40% lower than they are today.  The math is that simple.  Here's an excellent bit from Brave New Climate: Two Countries, Two Paths, One Crucial Lesson Learned:

    In the 1970s, two countries took two different paths in energy policy.

    Denmark pursued wind power, but failed to replace its fossil fuel power plants. It has among the highest carbon emissions per capita in Europe.

    France pursued nuclear power, and now has the lowest carbon emissions of any OECD country.

    Lesson learned.

    Nuclear power mitigates carbon emissions and fights climate change. Renewable energy, by itself, is inadequate. If you want real climate action, you must support both nuclear energy and renewables. It’s the only way to solve the climate problem, fully, and in time to make a real difference.

    Here's more handy material for concise arguments for new nuclear in solving the climate problem:

    Nuclear power or climate change: take your pick

    The intrinsic nature of Power is such that those who seek it most are least qualified to wield it.

    by mojo workin on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:46:42 AM PST

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