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They’re planning to meet with the president of a foundation established by Gordon and Betty Moore that pledged $250 million to the project.
Besides the contribution to scientific exploration, the TMT provides scholarships, encourages STEM education and diversifies the state’s economy.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the TMT Observatory Corp. should be urged to build the project in Spain.
The ruling prevents another contested case hearing, but a construction permit appeal is still pending before the court.
Opponents say a state appeals judge had a conflict of interest when she granted a permit for the project.
The giant telescope could still be moved to Spain, but the TMT board of governors prefers Mauna Kea.
The Blue Planet founder says one of the things that makes Mauna Kea a magical place are the telescopes that have furthered human knowledge.
UPDATED: Plans for the $1.4 billion telescope have caused bitter divisions, with some Native Hawaiians saying it will desecrate Mauna Kea.
UPDATED: The state Board of Land and Natural Resources will now hold a hearing and make a final decision on the permit.
A House bill has morphed into a sweetheart deal to create perpetual leases for tenants on state land, possibly including the Thirty Meter Telescope.
Hearing officer Riki May Amano, a retired judge, will have her hands full keeping order in this forum.