Biden approves Alaska oil drilling bill
Photo: Official White House photo by Erin Scott
Joe Biden (pictured) this Monday (13) approved an $8 billion oil development project in Alaska that has been strongly opposed by US environmentalists and activists..
ConocoPhillips’ Willow plant is expected to produce up to 600 million barrels of oil in 30 years. The field will be in the Alaska National Oil Reserve, which is owned by the US government.
“The burning of fossil fuels extracted from willow could release about 280 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”, writes Folha. A report by the Department of Territorial Administration published last month states “substantial concerns” with the project.
The approval flies in the face of the Democratic president’s “clean energy” speech and has been the subject of more than 1 million letters to the White House and an online petition that has garnered more than 3.2 million signatures, without success.