The Willow Project

The Willow Project

Samantha Bronakowski, Staff Writer

The Willow Project is essentially a project that the Biden Administration has approved, which drills into Alaska for new oil and gas. Many disapprove of this, and it may prove to be controversial.

The Willow project was presented by Trump Administration. it was passed during his presidency, but then a federal judge in Alaska declined and stopped it in 2021. Then, Biden decided to break his presidential campaign promise. In his campaign he made a word of honor to stop new gas and oil drilling.

Opponents say that it’s destroying Alaska, the water, and hurting multiple arctic animals in the process. People decided to start a petition to put a stop to the project.

This petition has been getting attention, bringing everyone together to put an end to this misery in Alaska and its environment. Proponents argue that the project will bring 300 permanent jobs and bring in a revenue of $17 billion. It’s not ethical for many reasons, and it will factor into climate change.

The drilling adds many things into the air, thereby destroying it. “The project would generate enough oil to release 9.2 million metric tons of planet-warming carbon pollution a year – equivalent to adding 2 million gas-powered cars to the roads,” CNN says. The animals there are getting their homes destroyed, some unable to get food, others being so “depressed” that they try to find new ways to get a new home and food. The Willow Project needs to be stopped for the environment, mammals, and even humans.