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They are more thermodynamically efficient because they produce higher quality steam. However they also produce a lot of carbon dioxide and other things like sulfur dioxide, that are undesirable, which nuclear plants don't produce. I don't think using the word 'better' can mean much, both have their advantages and disadvantages.

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