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Trees v travel: campaigners take on industry over airport expansion

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John Vidal and Dan Milmo
Tuesday May 29, 2007
The Guardian

A public enquiry is going to be held on the expansion of Stansted Airport. This is north east of London and the most recent of London’s major airports. It is one of the cheaper options and is therefore very popular with the budget airlines to Europe.

Campaigners say the government’s 2010 target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% is contradicted by its aviation policy, which is committed to new runways at Heathrow and Stansted if environmental standards are met. “At the heart of this issue is the contradiction between the government’s aviation policy and its climate change policy,” said Brian Ross, of the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign.

This does sound familar doesn’t it. Just like the BC government’s declaration of a new climate change policy and its old highways expansion policy. (Actually, MoTH never changes any of its policies or plans when governments change. It has been operating in the same way for years and sees no reason why it should change now. It is the ministry that builds highways, first and foremost. Anything else is a distraction.)

The airport expansion threatens an old growth forest (even rarer in Britain than here) but the novelty the Guardian grabs onto is the potential appearance of a former minister from Greenland – an Inuit.

Aqqaluk Lynge, president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and a former minister in the government of Greenland, is also expected to make an appearance during the inquiry to argue against the expansion.

And the potential for the melting of the Greenland ice sheet is one of those eventualities that climate change scientists really worry about. Because once that goes, it seems doubtful if the warming can be reversed. 

Written by Stephen Rees

May 28, 2007 at 5:55 pm

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  1. Did you see what happened with Heathrow…..It was driven through and the same is likely to happen with Stansted. Read more here….

    http://www.scribblesheet.co.uk/article/expansion_is_inevitable

    Stansted Expansion

    March 20, 2008 at 5:03 am


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