THE CONCORDE COMPROMISE: THE POLITICS OF DECISION-MAKING

The Carter Administration's decision in September 1977 allowed for only 16 production models of Concorde to have access to 13 designated entry points. Any Concordes built in the future are expected to meet stringent FAA noise standards which the current models can not now satisfy. The American decision on the Concorde is viewed as a highly political compromise. The compromise is between the interests of the major U.S. aerospace companies who are determined to maintain American control of the non-communist world's aerospace manufacturing operations and the judgement of those in the White House who seek a mutually satisfactory accommodation with European governments and aerospace interest. Opposition to the SST concept has been weakened considerably, largely because American environmentalist have relied heavily on the issue of noise emission rather than stratospheric environmental consequencies of SST operations. The important economic and environmental issues which still persist include: The problematic implications of European demands for technological and economic policy vis a vis the U.S.; the need to affirm the Western World's commitment to resource conserving not resource- depleting technologies; and the possibilities that future SST aircraft might damage the ozone layer. It remains imperative that environmental groups throughout the Western world mobilize support for a complete environmental impact statement on the Concorde before commitments are made that cannot be reversed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science

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  • Authors:
    • Ross, D
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00173822
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 29 1978 12:00AM