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The economic argument


John Stewart of anti-airport expansion group HACAN ClearSkies gives a talk at Climate Camp 2009.

Campaigning against polluting industries on environmental, ethical and moral grounds may fail to persuade policymakers and indeed the public for the need for change. Weighed up against economic benefits and the importance of jobs, environmental arguments can sometimes be seen as weak.

But HACAN ClearSkies and other environmental groups have argued against Heathrow’s Third Runway based on environmental and economic grounds. In 2007 HACAN published ‘The Economic Benefits of Heathrow’, which countered the Government and BAA’s arguments that a Third Runway was vital and that scrapping it would cost the UK economy £1bn per year.