Willow project promotes expansion of oil and gas drilling in Arctic

Published 10:05 am Friday, March 10, 2023

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To the Editor:
President Biden is considering whether to approve or reject the Willow project – a proposed massive expansion of oil and gas drilling and extraction that would threaten communities, wildlife, and ecosystems in Alaska’s pristine Western Arctic.
It’s critical to North America’s environment that President Biden stops this project. The Willow project is many steps in the wrong direction. With temperatures already rising and climate impacts such as wildfires, hurricanes, drought, and flooding accelerating, drilling for more oil and gas is short sighted and directly in opposition to scientists’ reports on the impact of fossil fuels on our planet.
We need to invest in real climate solutions like wind and solar; not continue the same disastrous energy plans that have led us further into climate crisis. In addition, the Willow project would emit 287 million metric tons of pollution over the next 30 years. The Arctic is already in danger. This project could be the tipping point to sending our world into deep peril.

Teresa Young
Bristol, Va.

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