Hip Hop Caucus Statement on President Biden’s Approval of the Willow Project

Today, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. issued the following statement in response to The Willow Project’s Approval by President Biden and the US Department of Interior:

“Advancing the ConocoPhillips Willow Project in the Western Arctic ignores the desires of the local Nuiqsut community and puts their health and future at risk. Allowing a new 30-year oil drilling venture on Alaska’s North Slope is a climate and environmental disaster. The Willow Project, will produce devastating amounts of carbon pollution that exacerbates our climate crisis and shows the Administration is about talk, not action, when it comes to leading us away from planet endangering fossil fuels.  While the historic preservation of the Arctic from new oil and gas leases should be applauded, this is yet another example of two steps forward, one step back when it comes to protecting our nation’s sacred lands and waters from corporate interests. Protecting the Arctic, which is warming four times faster than the rest of the world, is key to protecting all life.

Hip Hop Caucus will continue to join on the side of the millions of people who called upon  the Biden Administration to #StopWillow , deliver on its climate justice promises, and move us forward, not backwards.”

About Hip Hop Caucus 

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.