Essay on Annotated Bibliography : Nuclear Energy

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Annotated Bibliography: Nuclear Energy
Ferguson, Charles D. Nuclear Energy: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford UP, 2011.
In this book Charles D. Ferguson, president of the Federation of American Scientists, writes about how nuclear energy is formed, the health risks it can cause, and the cost of nuclear energy plants. He gives the three sources to create nuclear energy: fission, fusion, and radioactive decay. Farther into book Ferguson gives background information on nuclear energy and the health risks that can develop from it. People exposed to too much ionizing radiation over long periods of time are at a higher risk for developing cancer; however, the human body can fight off ionizing radiation in low dosages, so containing the amount of ionizing radiation will be very important to the success of nuclear energy. One of the most important aspects of nuclear energy is the cost effectiveness of building a plant. Ferguson provided costs for the overnight (financing cost excluded from the capital costs) and interest rate of a nuclear plant to be approximately six billion dollars, depending upon the time it takes to build it, plus four thousand dollars per kilowatt. Most plants run on a 1,400 to 1,600 megawatt reactor. This puts the overall cost of building a nuclear power plant near nine billion dollars (based on 2007 U.S. dollars). I can use this information in a paper written over nuclear energy because it provides specific points that many people are concerned with when…

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