February 24, 2016
Aloha <<First Name>>
The global TMT partnership of Japan, China, India, Canada and the U.S. wants to build the world’s next generation telescope on Maunakea. Yet, after eight years of working with the community and investments of nearly $4 million into Hawaii's economy, TMT must now reassess the viability of building a telescope in Hawaii due to continuing uncertainty that there will be:
1) a reasonable timeframe for again obtaining a permit, and
2) safe and peaceful access to the TMT site on Maunakea.
Should Hawaii lose the TMT project, it would be more than just the loss of a major telescope, it would be a global disappointment. But the most important question for all Hawaii stakeholders is - what will Hawaii lose as a result of losing TMT?