But Jochen Flasbarth, president of the Environmental Protection Agency in Germany, who advises the German government, said: \”We are not missionaries, and every country will have to find its own way in energy policy, but it is obvious that nuclear plants are too inflexible and cannot sufficiently respond to variations in wind or solar generation, only gas [power stations] do.\”
This is used as an argument to not build nuclear but to build instead wind and solar backed up by gas.
But total emissions would be much lower if one built nuclear, did not have the gas back up and completely forgot about the wind and solar.
For, leaving aside that back up thing, nuclear emissions are around and about, total lifecycle, the same as wind and some one third of solar.
The low carbon option is thus nuclear.