A mega airport in Thurston County? Two locations (of several others) in Thurston County have been suggested by WSDOT and the Governor’s aviation expansion work group. One between Olympia and Yelm, and the other between Tenino and Interstate I-5.
The workgroup is completely dominated by commercial interests and only presents aviation-favorable information.
Respect for surrounding communities of a new mega airport, which is under approach and departure flight paths, as far as ten miles beyond the airport. This is according to research conducted by Seattle/King County Health Department at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac).
Independently verified forecasts: The forecasts for passenger and cargo service needs are sourced from the aviation/transportation industry itself. Of course, its members would like to keep growing. And, climate cooling/public health is not a decision point.
Instead, WSDOT and the for-profit-interests emphasize:
Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – It is decades away and requires a major agricultural shift from food to biofuel feedstock, without net emission reduction, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, June 2022 article: Can Biofuels Really Fly?
Electric flying brings the Airport of the Future – maybe as a ‘flying car.’ But range limits and heaviness of batteries make a broad commercial application unrealistic any time soon.
Message to the Governor and WSDOT CACC@wsdot.wa.gov : use new technology and SAFs for existing commercial flying first, then let’s talk about expansion again. No expansion until the new technology can live up to its promises, the industry accepts accountability, and the process is democratic.
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