The new departure lounge at the Nanaimo Airport. (Nicholas Pescod/News Bulletin)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Air travel, climate action don’t seem to go together

What do these politicians think planes and jets run on, asks letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Airport’s $14M terminal hosts official opening, March 3.

Amazing. The same politicians who were declaring a climate emergency last year are tripping over themselves congratulating each other over the $14.2-million expansion of the Nanaimo Airport.

Paul Manly, our Green Party MP, gushes about how important the airport growth is to Nanaimo’s economic development. Sheila Malcolmson, our MLA from the rabidly anti-fossil fuel NDP, calls the airport expansion “a real point of pride.” Are you kidding me?

What do these politicians think planes and jets run on? Unicorn tears? (They actually run on carbon-dioxide-spewing jet fuel.) This is just the beginning of a huge expansion for the airport; they are just getting started on their $55-million, 20-year growth plan. Are planners not heeding the words of climate scientists?

Sorry to all you youngsters for the hypocrisy and destroying your future, but we really need a bigger airport. Right now. LOL.

D.S. Reid, Nanoose Bay

READ ALSO: Nanaimo Airport’s $14-million expanded terminal officially opens

READ ALSO: Construction set to begin on Nanaimo airport terminal expansion

READ ALSO: Nanaimo Airport terminal expansion breaks ground

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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