Director Oliver Stone and Prof. Joshua Goldstein have created a film named "Nuclear Now", arguing in favor of installing more (modern) nuclear power plants to combat climate change and generally. In this interview on the Hill's 'Rising TV', Prof. Goldstein makes the following claim around 19:10 :
... you know, a coal plant, on a good day when it's operating normally, kills more people in a few weeks than nuclear power has ever killed...
now, naturally, one has to quantify what size/output coal plant and how many weeks are a few weeks, but - how true is this statement?
Note: Regardless of whether this is true or not, that is a manipulative statement in at least several ways: The debate is not coal-vs-nuclear but more nuclear-vs-renewables-plus-storage; coal technology can likely be improved so that the pollution effects are reduced to almost zero, just like nuclear technology can likely be improved to what its proponents argue for; and finally and most importantly - the counting of deaths should be of estimated deaths, not just the actual deaths so far: If a nuclear plant has a X% change of emitting large amounts of radioactive material into the ocean or a wide populated area, so as to cause N deaths, but it has never actually done so, it's true that it has killed nobody, but its expected kills are N * X% (simplistically).