In a move that has angered progressives and environmental groups, President Biden has approved a massive oil drilling project on federal land in Alaska.
Despite repeatedly pledging to block new oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters during his campaign, Biden gave the green light to ConocoPhillips’ proposed Willow Project, which could produce up to 614 million barrels of oil over its lifespan and spew 278 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Although the Department of the Interior touted a 40% reduction in the size of the project, environmentalists note that it would still yield about 92% of the oil the company sought to produce with the original five-site proposal.
The decision has sparked criticism from both sides of the political aisle, with Democrats and progressives accusing Biden of breaking a key campaign promise and ignoring the need to slow the devastating impacts of climate change.
President Biden has approved a controversial oil drilling project on federal land in Alaska, breaking a key campaign promise to block new oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters.
The Willow Project, proposed by ConocoPhillips, could produce up to 614 million barrels of oil over its lifespan and spew 278 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
This decision has angered progressives, environmental groups, and even Democratic lawmakers, who accuse Biden of betraying his promises to protect America’s natural treasures and advance environmental justice.