Australia aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 5% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (compared with 2000 levels). This will be achieved by substituting renewable energy and gas for coal and adopting carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the generation of electricity. Nuclear energy is not being considered: I believe this omission is irresponsible and unrealistic. The reluctance to look at the nuclear option is not surprising one year after Fukushima, But technology has improved vastly since the Fukushima plant was installed and Australia is relatively free from geological perturbations. Investing in the new, safer nuclear plants could help avert disastrous climate change outcomes down the track.