Airport expansion? Coal-fired power stations without CCS? Not NIMBY but NOOP!

February 12, 2008 at 6:25 am | Posted in airports, Aviation, Climate change, Energy, Fuels, Heathrow, Heathrow airport, Heathrow expansion, Power, Transport, Weakness | Leave a comment

Not on our planet.

With its recent ill-conceived decision to approve construction of a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth in Kent, and its equivalent betrayal of climate change goals by supporting massive expansion of capacity at Heathrow, our Government is doing an excellent job sending damning signals to the world as it cheer-leads energy, transport and construction industries’ strategies and drives damaging global consequences.

Do you know that experts at the DfT Public Exhibitions on ‘Adding capacity at Heathrow airport‘ told locals (like me) that climate change was not included in the Public Consultation because it is a global topic?! They are trying to give us the impression we are being consulted. To add insult to injury, the ‘consultation’ is deliberately restricted to local issues: expansive and international in scope the plans to ensure Heathrow airport maintains world-class status may be, but the consultation process itself is severely limited.

The Public Consultation is designed ignoring scientists’ climate change assessments, such as IPCC AR4; instead, we are only supposed to answer specific questions about noise and air quality. If that isn’t a case of NIMBY framing, I don’t know what is!

And now, if you will excuse me, I am off to LHR to admire those lovely reassuring ExxonMobil ads in soothing colours. Aaah … 😉

ExxonMobil advertisement on billboard at LHR 21 November 2007


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