Can small modular reactors help mitigate climate change?

@article{Makhijani2021CanSM,
  title={Can small modular reactors help mitigate climate change?},
  author={Arjun Makhijani and Motakuri V. Ramana},
  journal={Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists},
  year={2021},
  volume={77},
  pages={207 - 214}
}
ABSTRACT In recent years, there has been much discussion of small modular reactors. Companies developing such designs have received large amounts of government funding. Lower power outputs of these reactors will likely result in higher costs in comparison to large nuclear reactors, and even if they achieve parity, will fail economically, since large reactors are themselves struggling to compete with renewable sources of electricity. Mass manufacture is unlikely to reduce costs adequately and… 
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