Letter to the Editor: Stop Private Jet Expansion 

Submitted by Corinne Doud

As the Summer of 2023 goes down as second rainiest on record in Boston with two hurricanes spinning in the Atlantic, there is an increased sense of urgency to achieve the Commonwealth’s 2050 net zero goals of reducing emission from 70 to 14 million tons of CO2. Yet, in the midst of this climate emergency, Massport is proposing to triple the number of hangars at Hanscom Civil Airport for the exclusive use of private luxury jets – the most carbon-intensive form of travel per passenger. Just to be clear this is not about military flights or any activities at the Air Force Base, but rather about building nearly one-half million sq. ft more hangar space for private jets.

If the proposed expansion goes forward, emissions from private jets at Hanscom Field are projected to grow by millions of tons, jeopardizing the state’s ability to attain its 2050 emission goals. For this reason, thirty-nine local and statewide organizations have joined forces to educate the public about the threat that Massport’s expansion plans present to reducing our carbon footprint and to support the difficult decisions the Governor will have to make to ensure that we meet our 2050 goals.

Sign the petition urging the Governor to stop this private luxury jet expansion that so clearly runs contrary to Mass Climate Goals.

For more information or to sign up for updates, see https://www.stopprivatejetexpansion.org/

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