Carbon cult halts Heathrow expansion

“Britain’s High Court ordered the government to review its proposal to expand London’s Heathrow airport by building a third runway, handing a temporary victory to environmental campaigners who oppose the plan.

In a long-awaited ruling Thursday, Judge Robert Carnwath said the government’s plan is “untenable” because it was based on outdated environmental requirements.

Judge Carnwath stopped short of ruling the plan unlawful, instead inviting the government to hold further consultation on its plans with a particular focus on the effects on climate change policy and surface access to the airport.

A coalition of local government councils, green groups and residents had argued that the decision to expand Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was at odds with the Britain’s overall climate-change targets.  …

But the Department for Transport vowed to “robustly defend” the plan, stressing the importance of Heathrow, which is already running at capacity. “It is vital not only to the national economy, but also enables millions of citizens to keep in touch with their friends and family, and to take a well-deserved holiday,” said Transport Minister Andrew Adonis. “A new runway at Heathrow will help secure jobs and underpin economic growth as we come out of recession.””  “U.K. Court Orders Review of Heathrow Expansion

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