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Response to Comment on 'Prevented Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Historical and Projected Nuclear Power'Sovacool et al.'s analysis of our paper contains numerous errors, misinterpretations, and dubious assumptions. For instance, we make no presumption in our paper that nuclear power is the only major option to replace fossil fuels nor have we in the past, as evidenced by our other peer-reviewed publications. Furthermore, all of our results are based on complete fuel cycle analysis and are presented as mean values along with their ranges. Thus it is incorrect to claim that we single out the worst estimates for coal mortality. Contrary to Sovacool et al.'s assertions, our only bias is our belief that humanity's best chance of success for mitigating the daunting challenge of climate change is to utilize all available and proven means.
Document ID
20140017702
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Kharecha, Pushker A. (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Hansen, James (Columbia Univ. New York, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
December 23, 2014
Publication Date
May 22, 2013
Publication Information
Publication: Environmental Science & Technology
Volume: 47
Issue: 12
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Energy Production and Conversion
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN17799
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NNX14AB99A
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
coal
fossil fuels
estimates

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