Environmentalists Will Obstruct Telescope Project From Coming to Canary Islands

Another example of the bait-and-switch of environmentalists and their anti-science conduct. The agency that manages the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii is seeking to begin construction of a backup facility on La Palma island in the Canary Islands and, lo and behold, an environmentalist group there has vowed to sue to block the project. Never mind that some environmentalists even suggested the Canary Islands as a back up site since the original TMT was going to build another telescope on Mauna Kea that faced opposition there too. Not to mention the amount of jobs and even astronomical scientific knowledge that will be lost if the environmentalist litigation is successful. Do you support this too, Bruno Mars?

“Environmentalists in Canary Islands: We’ll seek legal action to stop TMT from coming here”, by HNN Staff, August 5, 2019, Hawaii News Now

“LA PALMA, Canary Islands (HawaiiNewsNow) – Thirty Meter Telescope protesters at the base of Mauna Kea have urged the telescope’s backers to move the project to a back-up site in the Canary Islands.

And last week, the agency that manages telescopes there said they’re “ready” for TMT.

But some environmentalists aren’t greeting the giant telescope with open arms.

In fact, Ben Magec – Ecologistas en Acción, an environmentalist group based in the Canary Islands, says it plans to seek legal action to stop the $1.4 billion telescope from being built on the island La Palma.

The environmentalists claim there is a growing view in the Canary Islands that the proposed mountain chosen to be the back-up site for the TMT project has “already exceeded the capacity to house more telescopes,” the organization said in a news release Monday.

“We have already paid a high price for astronomical science.”

The announcement by the group comes a week after the Canary Islands said it’s “listos” ― “ready” ― to support TMT if the project cancels its plans for Mauna Kea, according to Spanish media reports.”