@Buzzword - RE: Comparison with other energy sources?
Read Sustainable Energy — without the hot air, by David JC MacKay.
He gives a mesurment of “deaths per GWy (gigawatt-year).”
Nuclear being the lowest (read Safest) at less than 0.2 deaths per GWy, very closly followed by wind.
Oil is just over 4 deaths per GWy.
If you are going to count cancer/birth defects as well, I presume you are interested in the local radiation level.
Well there has also been a study that shows that the area surrounding a coal fired power station has far higher radiation levels than that around a nuclear power station! The released gases contain radioactive particles.
Pro nuclear - Yes
Biased - Yes
But I think we should be thinking about the 'Real disaster' and the suffering of those affected by the earth quake and tsunami.