La Palma wants new telescope rather than Hawaii
The Social Council of La Palma has agreed to support the possible installation of the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) on the summits of the island of La Palma in the event that the international consortium leading this project chooses not to locate it on the mountain of Mauna Kea, in Hawaii.
The body, composed of social and business groups, in addition to prestigious personalities and former presidents of the Cabildo, believes that the installation of an infrastructure of this magnitude on the island will be an important boost for astrophysical research that is being carried out in the island, through the observatory of the Roque de Los Muchachos. They do not believe it will cause any impairment of the preservation of the environmental values of the island.
President of the Cabildo, Mariano H. Zapata said La Palma as alternative to Hawaii had “clear and unequivocal support of each and every one of the institutions involved, from the Government of Spain to the municipality of Puntagorda (La Palma) through the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Island Council of La Palma.”