I'm a supporter of the League of Conservation Voters — and I am writing to oppose the ConocoPhillips Willow oil project in Alaska's Western Arctic. The region needs more protection from the fossil fuel industry, not less.
This project locks in long-term destruction to the Western Arctic and would require huge investments in new fossil fuel infrastructure, including up to 250 oil wells, hundreds of miles of pipelines, a gravel mine, a new processing facility, and more, which will significantly increase carbon pollution and worsen climate change.
Willow's climate impact is heightened by its location in the Western Arctic, the cultural homeland and subsistence area for a number of Alaska Native communities. The Western Arctic supports robust wild ecosystems that include caribou, geese, loons, salmon, polar bears, and bowhead whales. Its lands, waters and animals support a number of communities in the region. Any disruption that jeopardizes the health of these ecosystems puts all of its inhabitants at risk.
I urge you to oppose this damaging and dangerous project.