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Nuclear power and renewable energy are both associated with national decarbonization

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Fig. 1: Sensitivity analysis for the effect of nuclear energy on emissions reduction.

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The authors are listed in alphabetical order. All the authors critically read the Sovacool et al.1 article and contributed to writing this manuscript. H.F. and M.M. performed the reanalysis of the cross-sectional and panel data.

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J.D.J. is a consultant to Clean Air Task Force, a non-profit environmental advocacy group, a partner with DeSolve LLC, which provides consulting and analytical services for for-profit and non-profit clients including (within the past 12 months) Radia, CorPower Ocean, Eavor Technologies and Grid United, and serves on the Advisory Board for Eavor Technologies, Inc., a developer of closed-loop geothermal energy technology. A.G. is a Project Manager at the Nuclear Innovation Alliance, a non-profit think tank that conducts policy analysis, research and education to support nuclear power as a global solution to mitigate climate change.

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Fell, H., Gilbert, A., Jenkins, J.D. et al. Nuclear power and renewable energy are both associated with national decarbonization. Nat Energy 7, 25–29 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-021-00964-w

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