Climate change means no airport expansion – at Heathrow or anywhere | George Monbiot

Climate change means no airport expansion – at Heathrow or anywhere | George Monbiot
There is only one way to prevent aviation from wrecking the planet. We need to fly much less

The correct question is not where, it is whether. And the correct answer is no. The prime minister has just announced that her cabinet will recommend where a new runway should be built. Then there will be a consultation on the decision. There is only one answer that doesn’t involve abandoning our climate change commitments and our moral scruples: nowhere.

The inexorable logic that should rule out new sources of oil, gas and coal also applies to the expansion of airports. In a world seeking to prevent climate breakdown, there is no remaining scope for extending infrastructure that depends on fossil fuels. The prime minister cannot uphold the Paris agreement on climate change, which comes into force next month, and permit the runway to be built.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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