Column: Stonewalling TMT would undermine the rule of law

//Column: Stonewalling TMT would undermine the rule of law

The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii has been and continues to be in support of the Thirty Meter Telescope. We view this important project as a catalyst that will help to grow and diversify our economy, provide unique educational opportunities, contribute to science on an unparalleled level, as well as elevate Hawaii’s presence on a global scale. Hawaii competed against many other countries for this scientific endeavor, and that has not gone unnoticed.

From a legal and regulatory process standpoint, the rule of law must stand. Undermining the integrity of our judicial system undermines our democracy. TMT followed a lengthy seven-year public and agency review. This regulatory process included many community outreach efforts that have recognized the cultural significance of Mauna Kea. TMT is committed and understands the need to be a good citizen of Hawaii and will certainly be held accountable if it does otherwise.

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