Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Wednesday ruled out introducing nuclear power to Australia, saying the government was working to cut greenhouse gas emissions through other means.
United States President Barack Obama yesterday unveiled a plan to build new nuclear reactors, saying nuclear energy must play a key role in cutting carbon pollution and reducing the US's dependence on foreign oil.
Rudd said Australia would not adopt a similar strategy.
"Our policy is that Australia has multiple other energy sources and we will not be heading in the direction of civil nuclear power," Rudd told reporters in Canberra.
Australia, a major exporter of coal, was developing Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to trap the greenhouse emissions produced from burning coal so they do not pollute the atmosphere, he said.