Alaska Oil Project Approval Adds to Climate Concern

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —

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. (ConocoPhillips via AP, File)

The Biden administration’s approval of a massive oil development in northern Alaska commits the U.S. to yet another decades-long crude project.

This is raising alarm as scientists urge a halt on more fossil fuels to stem devastating climate change.

ConocoPhillips’ Willow project was approved Monday and would result in at least 263 million tons of planet-warming gases over 30 years. Scientists say it’s moving the world in the wrong direction at a time when emission reductions are needed.

But for Alaska, the project promises an economic boost. A bitter political dispute over the Alaska project has underscored Biden’s struggle to balance economic pressures against his pledges to curb fossil fuels.

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