The Hawai'i Superferry has been forced to shut down after a legal decision by the Hawai`i Supreme Court - the decision was based on arguments related to the environment. This was potentially the only alternative transport option for anyone wanting to travel between the Hawaiian islands, other than via an airline. So now the only option is to travel by air again. Can someone explain to me how that is more environmentally friendly compared to one or two large ships?
Hundreds of jobs are going to be lost and Hawai`i will once again be a state that investors and companies will want to avoid. That might be just great for those that want to return to an economy based on coconuts, pineapples and taro but this is hardly the time to shut down a company that was actually becoming successful and helping the local economy.
So what's next? Shut down the airlines? If the argument is truly about the environment then that's the obvious next step.