Air pollution, greenhouse gases on the rise in Whistler 

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With the Olympics on the horizon, companies are looking at Whistler as an opportunity to showcase hydrogen technology, and will build the necessary infrastructure in town. Low emission vehicles are already on the market, including luxury cars. Some local hotels are looking into the possibility of adopting geothermal heating systems, which would reduce their reliance on propane.

With that in mind, the report also has recommendations regarding the propane heaters being used to warm patios around Whistler.

"The study says they should be banned, they should be outlawed," said Barnett.

Copies of the Integrated Energy, Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management Plan are available at municipal hall, and will be available soon on the municipal Web site at

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