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Nuclear energy: a distraction on the road to climate solutions

By Sharon Squassoni, November 15, 2021

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Acknowledgments

Special thanks to Sydney Hamilton of George Washington University, for her research assistance with the article, which received support from the MacArthur Foundation.

 

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