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#LATEST (Monday, July 15 at 9 PM): While most of today’s headlines were dominated by the activity of #TMT opponents and state officials on #Maunakea today — in Hilo a group of #ThirtyMeterTelescope supporters waved signs along Kanoelehua Avenue. Many wore t-shirts saying "Imua TMT", a hashtag promoted on the observatory project's website and shared by online proponents of the project who say it will benefit science and #Hawaii's economy.
“It’s going to create a lot of jobs, education for the children, and education for the rest of people for centuries to come,” supporter and carpenter Dennis Walsh said.
TMT supporters believe the project will be a great technological advancement that can facilitate unprecedented research and discovery.
TMT officials say the $2 billion dollar, 18-story telescope is expected to employ approximately 300 construction workers over the decade it will take to finish building it. In addition, telescope officials say there will be 140-high paid permanent positions. TMT leadership says it's voluntarily paying an annual lease of $1 million dollars after the 10th year of construction and for as long as the telescope is in operation — $800,000 of that amount is slated for the stewardship of Maunakea. Running the observatory is expected to generate $23 million in annual expenses.
After years of legal challenges, the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of the controversial telescope project in October 2018, and the state Attorney General and Governor David Ige have affirmed the private multinational corporation has the legal right to proceed with construction. The state has pledged to provide National Guard troops, DOCARE officers, and Public Safety sheriff support to ensure construction crews can move their equipment to the TMT site safely.
TMT opponents — who call themselves the kiaʻi or protectors of Maunakea as a sacred Native Hawaiian place — say they’re not anti-science, but anti-desecration. They say their efforts to stop additional development on Maunakea stems from years of mismanagement of the conservation Crown Lands by the state.
More details as they develop on @HawaiiNewsNow #HINews #HawaiiNews #HawaiiNewsNow at Hilo, Hawaii