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Washington, D.C. – In response to the Bureau of Land Management’s release of a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement addressing the implications of ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project in America’s Western Arctic, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Conservation Program Director Alex Taurel:
“We are counting on the Biden administration to undertake a more careful and comprehensive review of this project because every new fossil fuel project–particularly one as massive as this one–makes it that much harder for us to do what we need to truly tackle the climate crisis and protect communities. ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project would lock us into decades more of dirty, dangerous, and costly fossil fuels that despite their lies, would have no impact on gas prices today. The oil lobby knows that the writing is on the wall for a transition to clean energy, and they are working tirelessly to lock-in as much dirty energy as they can in the meantime. We cannot allow ConocoPhillips to destroy this pristine region – which is already warming three times faster than the rest of the world due to climate change – and harm communities while they rake in massive profits at our expense and set back desperately needed climate progress.”
Leading up to the decision, LCV launched digital ads in Washington, DC calling for an end to the ConocoPhillips Willow Project in the Western Arctic with its massive oil profits and the massive amounts of climate pollution the project would emit. Additionally, LCV and its members have sent in comments urging DOI not to approve this massive drilling project in the Western Arctic.