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Biden’s decision on massive Alaska oil project will determine our ‘climate future,’ labor union president says
America has to be able to develop oil and gas reserves and build towards a ‘climate future’: Joelle Hall
Alaska AFL-CIO President Joelle Hall on awaiting Biden’s decision on Alaska’s Willow Oil project, says it will help produce more American jobs and increase energy reserves
As Alaska awaits a decision from President Biden on a major oil and gas development project, the president of the state’s largest labor union is urging the president to approve the plan to build a sustainable "climate future."
"We hope that he will find it in our favor and we'll be able to develop this oil field," Joelle Hall, president of the Alaska American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, said on "Fox & Friends First" Monday.
"America simply must do two things at once: we have to be able to continue to develop natural oil and gas reserves here in Alaska, and we have to be able to build towards a climate future that's free of these types of carbons," she continued. "But we have to do two things at once, it's pretty simple."
Hall’s comments come as Biden’s decision is expected to be announced this week whether his administration will permit the Willow Project, the current largest pending oil and gas project in the U.S.
The proposal by ConocoPhillips aims to develop energy resources in a small portion of what’s known as the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska on Alaska’s North Slope. While the plan has drawn fierce criticism from environmental groups, labor leaders like Hall argued thousands of jobs are on the line.