WILLOW: President Biden Scores an Own Goal in Fight Against the Climate Crisis

In response to the announcement that the Biden administration is approving ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project, Evergreen Action Executive Director Lena Moffitt released the following statement:

“Approving the Willow Project is an unacceptable departure from President Biden’s promises to the American people on climate and environmental justice. This decision flies in the face of concerns raised by community leaders in Nuiqsut about how this development will threaten their subsistence way of life and worsen their existing air quality crisis; and it will undermine progress towards our climate targets, all for the sake of padding ConocoPhillips' bottom line. 

“After all that this administration has done to advance climate action and environmental justice, it is heartbreaking to see a decision that we know will poison Arctic communities and lock in decades of climate pollution we simply cannot afford. President Biden must seriously reevaluate the decision-making process that allowed him to come to this disastrous conclusion and find a way to ensure that massive fossil fuel projects on public lands are never approved again under his watch.”