Germany relies on coal. It's replacing its nuclear generators with coal powered generators. .
The general public is a fraid of Fukushima and the radiation deaths. Nobody has mentioned the amount of deaths caused by the emissions from the coal power plants that are built to replace the nuclear power.
Coal contains trace quantities of the naturally-occurring radionuclides uranium and thorium, as well as their radioactive decay products, and potassium-40. While most of the ash is captured, tiny solid particles known as "fly ash," including some radionuclides, escape from the boiler into the atmosphere. One study estimated that 100 times more radioactivity is released from a coal-fired plant as
compared to a nuclear power plant of a similar size (McBride et al., 1978) [quote from www.lung.org/assets/documents/healthy-air/coal-fired-plant-hazards.pdf ]
Still quoting the same document in regards to the effects of fine particle pollution generated by coal plants: For example, emissions from a single 1,230 MW facility in Wisconsin were estimated to account for 7 premature deaths, 100 emergency room visits, and 520 asthma attacks each year, with an annual cost of $42 million (MacIntosh et al., 2003).
Lets assume filtering technologies advance and the figures above can be halved, that's still 3.5 deaths per year. Considering nuclear power plant has some 50-60 year usage life, during that time comparable coal plant has caused some 200 deaths. Germany is replacing it's ~300TWh of nuclear power generated energy mainly to coal generated energy. Again, taking by conservative estimate as some will be replaced by non-coal sources over the time, the production would be 200 "wisconsin plants" for 50 years -> 10000 deaths.
That's safe coal power for you all...