The reaction to the Fukishima nuclear disaster demonstrates a fear of radiation that does not comport with the facts. Newscasters and commentators have said that there should be no risk of injury or death from nuclear power plants. That standard has been achieved in the United States in the last 40 years since nuclear power plants came on line. Other aspects of our modern life do not have such a record. In the 40 years that Fukishima has been operating, approximately 2 million Americans have died in auto accidents, and nearly 80 million have been injured. Other sources of power have resulted in death and destruction. Oil, gas, even wood heat have cost thousands of lives over that same period. Even wind power, a miniscule source of power in this country, has killed 35 people in the last 40 years. If we use the standard of zero tolerance of risk for other sources of power, or for other modern aspects of our lives, we would close down our roads, ban woodstoves, oil burners, even wind power. And more people would suffer and die without reliable sources of electricity and heat and reliable sources of transportation. We need to assess the risk of nuclear power the same way we assess risk elsewhere: how much is the risk compared to the reward? Even with the disaster at Fukishim, nuclear power will pass with flying colors.