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Coal pollution levels increase April 8, 2010

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in China, coal power, environmentalists.
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The Environmental Integrity Project recently stated that coal-fired plants are the largest source of mercury pollution in the U.S., generating more than 40 percent of US emissions. Also, the mercury output had recently increased at more than half of the country’s 50 largest power plants. Mercury is a highly toxic metal and settles in lakes and rivers, where it moves up the food chain.

Coal has become an important part of the country’s energy mix and we get half of our electricity from it. Coal increased substantially in the 1980s, as paranoia and biased media coverage contributed to negative public perceptions of nuclear. Meanwhile, the environmental community did little to oppose coal, figuring it wasn’t as bad a nuclear. As it turns out, a 1,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant produces approximately the same amount of global warming as 1.2 million cars, around all the cars in Idaho.

Lately, though, the truth has been sinking in. In 2004, for example, U.S. coal plants made up 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and are a significant source of radiation, heavy metals and CO2.

Natural gas doesn’t produce the toxics, but it still pumps out half the CO2 of coal and costs considerably more. Carbon capture holds promise but is still in the early stages and its economics are unknown.

You would think that coal would be on the way out (and it may be in the US), but China and India are planning hundreds of new coal plants. Pollution aside, coal has the advantages of being abundant, reliable, cheap and relatively easy to convert to electricity, so it is easy to see why it is of such interest in developing countries.

We think every form of electricity has a role to play within its limits and potential, including coal, providing its toxic and carbon pollution can be effectively dealt with. For our part, we are pleased more political leaders, environmentalists and members of the public are realizing the advantages of clean, plentiful and reliable nuclear. The nuclear renaissance is definitely here thanks to a more balanced and rational approach.

More news from Colorado March 2, 2010

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in AEHI, coal power, Colorado, President Obama.
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The Pueblo Chieftian recently published a story related to our plans for a nuclear plant in Payette, Idaho, as well as our response to Obama’s promise for more loan guarantees. It’s a good story and you can read it here.

Obama supports "all of the above" approach to energy generation October 16, 2009

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in balanced approach, Barack Obama, coal power, President Obama, Steven Chu.
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It was very refreshing to hear President Obama restate his support for nuclear energy yesterday. At a townhall meeting in Louisiana, Obama states support for all clean energy sources – a view held by mainstream America – and singled out nuclear power. His remarks, beginning 5:45, were

“We need to increase domestic energy production. Theres no reason why technologically, we can’t employ nuclear energy in a safe and effective way. Japan does it and France does it, and it doesn’t have greenhouse gas emissions. It would be stupid for us not to do that in a much more effective way.”

Obama’s energy secretary, Steven Chu, has also strongly supported nuclear’s role in our national energy policy, as he realizes nuclear alone can provide low-cost, emissions-free, baseload energy.

With around 65 new nuclear reactors under construction worldwide, the U.S. needs to follow up these words with commitment, or risk being left out of the global economy, falling further behind in reliable power generation, industrial capacity and carbon reduction.The words supporting an all-of-the-above stance are nice, Mr. President, but now back them up with policy.

Colorado, land of progress September 28, 2009

Posted by cleanidahoenergy in AEHI, coal power, Colorado, economic benefits.
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Keeping our investors and the public updated is an important duty of ours. This news release is available on http://www.alternateenergyholdings.com as well

9:15 am ET
September 28, 2009

AEHI prepares to launch Colorado nuclear-solar power plant site

Boise, Idaho, September 28, 2009 – Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTC: AEHI.PK): AEHI executives visited Colorado last week to meet with a number of key county and state leaders to ascertain the support for a combination nuclear and solar power plant in Pueblo County. The trip also included a review of the property by a nuclear site expert to determine suitability.

Colorado currently does not have an operating nuclear plant but has a strong commitment to clean energy sources to address Climate Change using renewables, but base load power is primarily provided by coal plants. Therefore, the state is a prime candidate for nuclear to replace the aging coal plants to fully support their commitment to addressing Climate Change.

AEHI CEO, Don Gillispie, said, ” We were very encouraged by the supportive remarks from businessmen, labor leaders, politicians and members of the state’s administration. They clearly understand that nuclear plants not only create clean power necessary to help with environmental challenges, but low cost, reliable energy to stabilize the electric grid while creating thousands of high paying jobs.”

About Alternate Energy Holdings, Inc. (www.alternateenergyholdings.com)

Alternate Energy Holdings develops and markets innovative clean energy sources. The company is the nation’s only independent nuclear power plant developer willing to build power plants in non-nuclear states. Other projects include, Energy Neutral which removes energy demands from homes and businesses (www.energyneutralinc.com), Idaho Energy Complex (nuclear and biofuels generation) and International Reactors, which assists developing countries with nuclear reactors for power generation, production of potable water and other suitable applications. Also, AEHI China develops joint ventures to produce nuclear plant components among other things for export.

“Safe Harbor” Statement: This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Sections 27A & 21E of the amended Securities and Exchange Acts of 1933-34, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. Although AEHI believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, there can be no assurance that these statements included in this press release will prove accurate.

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