Dear Geoff, Please stop Heathrow expansion nowOctober 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Climate change, Environment, Heathrow | Leave a comment
Tags: Aviation, Climate change, Climate policy, Department for Transport, Environment, Geoff Hoon, Heathrow airport, Stop Heathrow Expansion, Transport policy, Transport Secretary
From: Unions and member organisations
Sent: 14th October 2008
To: Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP, Secretary of State for Transport
Subject: Scrap the plans for Heathrow expansion now
Dear Geoff Hoon,
The case for expansion at Heathrow just doesn’t add up and the plans must be scrapped.
If the government pushes ahead with expanding our airports, including Heathrow, the UK will never be able to meet the new target of cutting emissions by at least 80% by 2050 and play its part in fighting climate change.
The economic case for building a third runway is unproven. With current plans in the region of £13 billion, money would be better spent on a low carbon and efficient high speed rail network linking the UK’s major cities with the rest of Europe.
As trade unions and organisations representing millions of people, we believe this money should be invested in infrastructure like the rail network which would create jobs, generate business and help in the fight against climate change.
World Development Movement (WDM) tackles the root causes of world poverty, campaigning for action on climate change, access to water, fairer world trade and other policies that keep people poor (about)
Thanks to Richard for telling me about this ad that appeared in the TImes on Tuesday 14 October 2008. Perhaps you have seen it in other newspapers?