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Heathrow is a disaster for passengers (at least Terminals 1-4). A confusing rabbit warren of crumbling buildings and poor facilities. It should be replaced by a modern airport - perhaps out in the estuary to reduce the noise.
I'm all for more airports and cheaper flights: You can't catch the TGV to Asia or the USA - that's where many of us do business and, contrary to the claims of the environmentalist opposing the motion - you do sometimes need to travel for business - particularly in engineering where you have to get stuff working.
all indicators point to an increasing 'sustainability gap' between the rapid growth in air travel and our ability to offset its catastrophic effects on the environment
What catastrophic effects? It's highly unlikely that man's 3% contribution to natural annual CO2 emissions has any significant effect on the climate. Not compared to natural cycles of sun and oceans. And there's been no warming since 1998 despite rising CO2 levels. Antarctic sea-ice is increasing - offsetting the decrease in Arctic sea-ice. And so what if sea-ice changes? Chicago used to be covered by a mile thick sheet of ice. The Earth's climate always has and always will change due to entirely natural causes. Looking at more recent history there's evidence of similar sea-ice changes in the pre-satellite age - eg. when these US subs surfaced at the pole in the 50's
or when Amundsen navigated the Northwest passage in 1903.
Oh, and if you think that stopping airport development in the UK is going to make one iota of difference to global air-miles - think again: China is opening 50 new airports in the next 7 years!! An increase of 147 airports since 2006. And remember these guys are our competitors in the global marketplace.
If you carry this environmentalist's thinking to its logical conclusion, we'll be going back the caves and living short harsh lives as subsistence farmers. I despair for the future of engineering and jobs in this country if the majority of IET members support the anti-development, anti-human outlook of these CO2 obsessed environmentalists.
10 April 2011 at
01:01 PM by