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Perspectives on the Willow Project’s Approval

March 23, 2023

The Biden Administration on March 14, 2023 approved the Willow oil and gas drilling project from ConocoPhillips. Located on Alaska's North Slope, the Willow Project has been controversial: there are deep divisions between supporters, who point to jobs, income, and energy security benefits; and opponents, who are concerned about environmental protection, the risk of spills, and the project's contribution to climate change. 

The Wilson Center's Polar Institute gathered a collection of perspectives about the Biden Administration's approval of the Willow Project.

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Since its inception in 2017, the Polar Institute has become a premier forum for discussion and policy analysis of Arctic and Antarctic issues, and is known in Washington, DC and elsewhere as the Arctic Public Square. The Institute holistically studies the central policy issues facing these regions—with an emphasis on Arctic governance, climate change, economic development, scientific research, security, and Indigenous communities—and communicates trusted analysis to policymakers and other stakeholders.  Read more