Runway extension suggestion is a sign of desperationPosted: August 14, 2016
The Editor, The Dominion Post, Wellington
11 August, 2016
With the deadline for submissions on the airport runway extension Friday (12th) it would be useful to examine this issue in the larger context.
The suggestion to extend the runway at Wellington airport will be seen in the global context of climate disruption. There will need to be less tourism and less air travel in a carbon constrained world. Thus tourism and air travel become a symbol of the desperation our culture experiences approaching the nature and extent of required fundamental change. Desperation of this magnitude must be fed. Desperation such as seen in ISIS and the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the Cheney/Bush administration which spawned ISIS, for example, are fed with violence. In New Zealand such desperation is more found in attempts to put it out of mind, such as the national attraction to the dispassionism of John Key, and in Wellington, the runway extension proposal and “four lanes to the airport”.