The Maldives – that Indian Ocean island group allegedly most threatened by global warming – is building a new runway at its international airport.
According to the Maldives Independent:
The 3,400-meter-long, 60-meter-wide runway will open the airport to the Airbus A380 jetliner, the world’s largest passenger airline.
The US$400 million runway project was awarded to China’s Beijing Urban Construction Group as part of ambitious plans to upgrade the country’s main international airport. The Chinese construction giant will also build a fuel farm with a storage capacity of 45 million litres and a cargo complex with the capacity to handle 120,000 tonnes.
Reclamation work to expand the airport island by some 62 hectares was subcontracted to the Dubai-based Gulf Cobla.
The Maldivian government secured a US$373 million concessionary loan from the Chinese EXIM Bank in December 2015 for the runway project. Loan agreements worth US$200 million have also been signed with the Saudi Fund for Development, the Kuwait Fund and the OPEC Fund to finance the airport expansion.
A contract was signed with the Saudi Binladin Group in May 2015 to build a new passenger terminal for an undisclosed amount.
So: Chinese, Saudi and Kuwaiti money and Chinese engineers to build a new runway on coral atolls which – according to environmentalists – are one of the places at the world most at risk from ‘climate change’.
This suggests one of two possible conclusions.
Either this is a public-spirited gesture by donor nations keen to help the Maldives’ population of 400,000 be evacuated as quickly as possible by air before the islands are finally inundated by rising sea levels.
Or, outside the gullible West, no one believes in “climate change.”