Responding to today’s Airports Commission report, which has recommended a new runway at Heathrow whilst leaving the door open to Gatwick expansion, Friends of the Earth’s head of campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: “This report vacillates over a false choice - expansion at Heathrow or Gatwick - when neither can be allowed if we’re to stop runaway global warming.
“Building a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow would have a hugely damaging impact on local people and their environment and would be a step backwards in UK efforts to tackle climate change.
“Airport expansion also risks worsening local air pollution levels which already breach legal limits.
“The UK will be a laughing stock if it turns up at crucial climate talks in Paris later this year, claiming global leadership while at home having nodded through new runways, killed its onshore wind industry and foisted fracking on communities that don’t want it.”
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