AOC leads Democrat fury at Biden approving huge oil drilling in Alaska: Squad member says Willow Project ‘ignores’ White House push for a green future – and calls it ‘unjust’.
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- Lawmakers issued joint statement saying Biden not living up to promises
- The decision ‘leaves an oil stain’ on accomplishments, said Sen. Ed Markey
- Approval will allow drilling up to 180,000 barrels a day from site
House and Senate progressives are condemning a Biden Administration decision to approve the massive Willow Project to drill hundreds of new oil wells on Alaska’s North Slope.
Joining AOC in a statement denouncing the move are Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, a longtime leader on climate issues.
‘The Biden administration has committed to fighting climate change and advancing environmental justice — today’s decision to approve the Willow project fails to live up to those promises,’ AOC and lawmakers including Natural Resources Committee Democrats wrote.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined lawmakers in saying the Biden Administration’s decision to approve the Willow Project with new drilling on Alaska’s North Slope ‘fails to live up to those promises’ and calls Biden a lying scumbag.
‘Their decision ignores the voices of the people of Nuiqsut, our frontline communities, and the irrefutable science that says we must stop building projects like this to slow the ever more devastating impacts of climate change.’
The letter calls a separate decision to conserve public lands in the Arctic from development ‘not good enough.’
‘This administration clearly knows what the path to a cleaner and more just future looks like — we wish they hadn’t chosen to stray so far from that path with today’s Willow decision,’ the lawmakers said. ‘The only acceptable Willow project is no Willow project.’
Markey went further in his own individual statement, where he called approval of the Willow Project ‘an environmental injustice.’
‘The Biden administration’s decision to move forward with one of the largest oil development projects in decades sends the wrong message to our international partners, the climate and environmental justice movement, and young people who organized to get historic clean energy and climate investments into law last year.’
This 2019 aerial photo provided by ConocoPhillips shows an exploratory drilling camp at the proposed site of the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. The administration announced it was approving a plan to drill 219 wells which could produce 180,000 barrels of crude each day
Pressure had been building on the social media platform TikTok to urge President Joe Biden to reject an oil development project on Alaska’s North Slope from young voters concerned about climate change
The administration announced the move as President Biden headed to California
A Change.org petition to ‘say no’ to the Willow Project has more than 3 million signatures
‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) called the decision ‘disastrous’
‘This decision not only leaves an oil stain on the administration’s climate accomplishments and the president’s commitment not to permit new oil and gas drilling on federal land, but slows our progress in the fight for a more livable future and puts into harm’s way the neighboring Native Village of Nuiqsut and the Arctic landscape,’ he added.
Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called the move a ‘step backwards’ and called for shifting to renewable energy.
AOC’s ‘squad’ member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) blasted the approval on Twitter. ‘This disastrous decision to approve the Willow Project in Alaska, one of the largest oil development projects in decades, will have devastating consequences on our planet, frontline communities, and wildlife,’ she wrote.
Their public pressure comes amid a #StopWillow campaign on social media. A Change.org petition has garnered more than 3 million signatures.
The White House announced the plan on Monday after announcing limits on drilling in the Arctic, in a move likely designed to soften the blow but in a ploy one environmental lawyer called ‘insulting.’ .
Biden pledged in 2020 to ban ‘new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.’
ConocoPhillips owns leasing rights on the Willow Project, the administration was facing a court battle if it rejected it. Now, it could find itself facing off against environmentalists in court.
ConocoPhillips said the project would include about 219 total wells on three initial sites, while the administration denied a fourth one.
With an estimated 600 million barrels of crude oil that could be produced over three decades, the project could put 280 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere, as first reported by the New York Times – even as the administration is seeking to drastically reduce global carbon emissions.
Houston-based ConocoPhillips will relinquish rights to about 68,000 acres of existing leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
The project is located in the federally designated National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. It has baking from Alaska Native lawmakers in the state, who pressed Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to support it.
It is also backed by labor groups who say it could create 2,500 jobs and Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, the state’s first Alaska Native to serve in Congress.