The US has approved a controversial oil and gas drilling project in Alaska despite environmental risks.
According to the British broadcaster BBC, despite strong opposition from environmentalists, US President Joe Biden has approved a major drilling project for oil and gas exploration in the northwestern state of Alaska.
According to reports, the project has been named the Willow Project, which has been estimated at $8 billion.
ConocoPhillips, the company working on the project, says the project will increase investment and create thousands of jobs.
On the other hand, environmentalists have termed the project as harmful to the climate and wildlife.
According to reports, this project to be launched in the remote northern region of Alaska is considered to be the most important development in oil exploration in several decades. It is said that this project can produce 180 thousand barrels of oil a day.
On the other hand, the US Bureau of Land Management estimates that the project will produce 278 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next 30 years, which is equivalent to adding two million cars to US roads each year.
According to reports, environmentalists say that this plan goes against all the promises of President Biden to make the environment favorable.
More than 1 million letters were written to the White House in protest to stop the project due to environmental risks, while a petition opposing the project received more than 3 million signatures.
The Sierra Club, an American environmental organization, said on Monday that this is a wrong move, that the project will be a disaster for our wildlife, lands and climate. is being run.