Uranium export expansion should be a key platform in climate change policy

Australia's uranium exports annually offset around 400 million tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be produced around the world in the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. This is arguably Australia's single biggest contribution to the global fight against climate change and should be recognised and incorporated both in Australian energy policy and climate change policy.

As well, the fact that nuclear energy is the only currently available, low carbon, low pollution, baseload electricity generation technology means it would be wise to retain the option of reviewing the merits of nuclear power for use in Australia.