Truth Puke’s Take: Mike Dunleavy, the Republican governor of Alaska, does not anticipate the Biden administration to accept the ConocoPhillips-proposed Willow oil and gas project. On Fox News, Dunleavy stated, “We’re ready for them to reject it.” The original proposal for the $8 billion Willow oil field development project was made in 2018 and is located inside the 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) on Alaska’s North Slope. Environmental activists oppose the proposal due to environmental issues, and more than three million individuals have signed a petition on Change.org demanding that the Biden administration deny the project, which is anticipated to employ 2,500 construction workers in the state. Willow is predicted to produce 180,000 barrels of oil per day, or around 1.5 percent of the nation’s total oil output. The Biden administration is anticipated to express its position on the topic in the near future.
The Alaska House and Senate have unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the Willow project. Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski stated, “The elected leaders recognize Willow’s economic significance, its national security benefits, its environmental advantages, and its ability to create needed opportunities throughout the state. We encourage the Biden administration to listen to our concerns, as well as those of BLM professional scientists, and re-approve Willow so that a financially viable project may move forward.” Governor Mike Dunleavy alluded to rumors that the Biden administration may opt to accept the project but lower the number of landing pads from three to two. This could render the project economically unfeasible, causing ConocoPhillips to abandon it. The governor of Alaska expected that President Joe Biden will seek assistance from other nations in order to satisfy the nation’s oil needs.
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