Carla criticises Labour’s willingness to consider airport expansion21 November 2019
With the launch of the Labour manifesto, once again the Labour Party have declared that they would back airport expansion even though we are in a climate emergency. The Labour manifesto claims that:
“Labour recognises the Davies Commission’s assessment of pressures on airport capacity in the South East. Any expansion of airports must pass our tests on air quality, noise pollution, climate change obligations and countrywide benefits.”
This follows repeated local announcements from the Labour Mayor in Bristol that he supports the proposed doubling in size of Bristol Airport.
Speaking immediately after its publication, Carla dispelled any myths:
“There is no such thing as a carbon neutral airport that could pass any test or meet climate change obligations in the foreseeable future. Even aeroplane manufacturers say that electric planes will not be commercial until 2050. I wrote to the Labour mayor here in Bristol detailing these realities, and put forward a motion asking him to change his mind on expanding Bristol Airport, which was ignored.
Once again it is only the Green Party who are taking serious action on climate change with our proposal that scraps plans for airport expansion across the country and invests in dramatically better public transport instead.”