Heathrow third runway gets go-ahead

Further environmental and climate change hypocrisy…

GUARDIAN, 8 Dec 2009: The transport secretary, Geoff Hoon, gave the go-ahead to a third runway and sixth terminal at Heathrow airport today as opponents promised a decade of legal protests and direct action.

Hoon brushed off concerns over the environmental impact of the decision to announce that a third runway should be built by 2020, adding an estimated 400 flights a day at the west London site and increasing annual passenger numbers through the airport from 66 million to around 82 million.

“Doing nothing will damage our economy and will have no impact whatsoever on climate change,” he told the Commons.

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