February 9, 2016
Aloha <<First Name>>
This week's broadcast commentary by Hawaii News Now General Manager Rick Blangiardi is timely and to the point - this is a crucial time for the future of TMT and astronomy in general in Hawaii.
Watch the full video below:
It has been nearly three months since the state Supreme Court halted construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and then ruled the permit invalid.
The governor says he wants the telescope built. But he doesn't seem to have any plan – other than to send it back to the same agency that messed it up in the first place – the board of land and natural resources.
If the legal and regulatory process works as usual…it will give opponents multiple opportunities to drag it back into court. Construction could be delayed for years.
If TMT's investors give up, you can bet that no one will ever again risk trying to put a new installation on either Maunakea or Haleakala. Without the opportunity to improve the technology on the mountain we could lose the entire astronomy industry in Hawaii.
That would be tragic for a state that desperately needs science and technology jobs.
As we've said before the Governor needs to find a way to get this valuable project going again as soon as possible. This is a crucial moment for the Governor too. He's capable of the leadership this state needs.
The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
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