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Hydrogen not viable as a fuel

Thank you Pique Newsmagazine for the well balanced article by Matt Palmquist regarding hydrogen fuel, its current usage and future possibilities.

After reading this article, and other research documents, it seems obvious that this form of energy as a fuel source is not presently viable. While the many engineering problems associated with hydrogen as a fuel could possibly be overcome in time, people need to think in terms of decades for this to take place.

Producing this fuel by renewable resources would be the desire of everyone. Fact is that only 3-4 per cent of current production is by this method. Natural gas and coal are predominantly utilized to produce the "fuel".

When I read that our provincial transport minister, Kevin Falcon, praises the virtues of clean public transit buses, well, this is a half truth. It's true that the proposed new buses will be non-polluting, but the gasification plant will not be. Because one of the many engineering problems is transporting this fuel it needs to be manufactured in close proximity to where it is used. This means a gasification plant within Whistler. This plant will increase the nasty emissions we are trying to reduce. Simply using the natural gas as fuel source to run the bus would be cleaner, less costly and without a leap of technology.

Another point presented in the Palmquist article is that massive spending on hydrogen technology will discourage investment on less consumptive forms of moving people around. One could imagine if hundreds of millions worth of efficient gasoline-hybrid engine research were to take place that a 100 km/litre capable engine could result.

If reducing emissions is the desired goal then Whistler town council should reconsider the offer of locating hydrogen buses here.

Steve Anderson

Whistler

What global warming?

I would like to congratulate Mayor Melamed and council on their amazingly successful commitment to "go green" and help reduce global warming.

I had to turn on my heat this week.

Could you please STOP?

Neil Collins

Whistler

A wonderful experience

What does it mean to belong to a community? To truly be a local? Does it mean that you have to have lived somewhere for a precise amount of time, be involved in certain aspects of community life or know the right person? I have often pondered this question since I moved to Whistler in the fall of 2003. I grew up in the UK but my parenting is Australian and Irish. I was born in Hong Kong and studied my degree in Edinburgh, Scotland. So you see for me it is hard to know where one can call home. You might say I am slightly nomadic. But since moving to Whistler I really do feel that I have found somewhere that I can call home.

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