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Times backs Heathrow congestion charge, Guardian calls for CO2 cuts

Both papers acknowledged the threat of man-made climate change but one was rather more relaxed than the other when it came to the subject of Heathrow Airport adding a third runway.

Rik Thomas
27 September 2019
The?Guardian was unequivocal that carbon dioxide emissions from both cars and airplanes need to be cut, whereas The Times was rather more ambivalent, suggesting that the third runway at Heathrow should be given the go-ahead, provided that no additional road traffic is generated as a result
The?Guardian was unequivocal that carbon dioxide emissions from both cars and airplanes need to be cut, whereas The Times was rather more ambivalent, suggesting that the third runway at Heathrow should be given the go-ahead, provided that no additional road traffic is generated as a result

 

ON 23 SEPTEMBER The Times editorialised on plans to introduce a congestion charging scheme around Heathrow Airport if and when a third runway is built. “The airport needs better public transport links if it is to meet emissions pledges,” the paper began. “One of the core commitments made by Heathrow as part of its bid to secure planning permission to build a third runway is that it will ensure its expansion will not lead to any extra cars on the road.

“This has always...

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