November Actions

What's At Stake

We got some bad news – the Willow project is moving forward. A federal district court in Alaska sided with ConocoPhillips and the Biden administration in our lawsuit against the massive oil drilling endeavor. The Willow project is the largest proposed oil and gas undertaking on U.S. public lands, as it stands to accelerate the climate crisis by emitting about 260 million metric tons of greenhouse gases over the next 30 years. But Earthjustice will not back down, as we appealed this decision.  

Earthjustice supporters like you have generated over 284,000 letters and comments directed at the Biden administration over the years voicing your opposition to the Willow project. Earthjustice has fought off bad ideas from the fossil fuel industry and we will persist until we complete the transition to clean energy. Advocates like you are critical to this process – while we may have faced a setback in the Willow project, speaking up for your values will always be needed because your comments go on public record.  

Our work is not over, and we need you to stay in these fights. 

Tell the Bureau of Land Management we need the strongest possible protections for the Arctic  

This comment period gives us the opportunity to tell BLM to stop future Willow projects. The Arctic is a critical last refuge for wildlife. Fossil fuel development puts this irreplaceable ecosystem at risk while threatening our planet. We’ve advocated for decades in courts and Congress to protect these lands, and we’re not done yet. There is one comment period on the Arctic that needs your input. 

We need strong standards to reduce pollution from dirty power plants.

For too long, fossil-burning power plants have had a free pass to pollute. Coal and gas-fired power plants are responsible for more than 30% of U.S. carbon pollution, and they also emit other pollutants that harm our air, water, and health. Urge the administration to enact the strongest possible standards to reduce pollution from dirty power plants.  

We need stronger protections from dangerous chemicals 

We have a right to be protected from toxic chemicals found in the products we use, the air we breathe, and the water we they drink on a daily basis. Far too often, these toxic chemicals go unregulated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed rules to change the process it uses to evaluate the risks of toxic chemical exposures and the agency is asking for your input. 

We must restore threatened and endangered species and their habitats to vibrant health 

The globe is experiencing a biodiversity crisis that threatens to unravel the very fabric of life as we know it. Species ranging from wildflowers to wolves, butterflies to blue whales, and corals to condors face mounting challenges to their survival. It does not have to be this way. The Endangered Species Act gives us the tools to help these species survive, and to recover them to healthy numbers. We need to urge the Biden administration to strengthen Endangered Species Act regulations to achieve the law’s ultimate purpose: to restore threatened and endangered species and their habitats to vibrant health. 

A pair of snowy owls in the Western Arctic, in the area close to Lake Teshekpuk. One owl crouches down, holding a small rodent in its mouth. The second is in midflight, with its wings spread.
A pair of snowy owls in the Western Arctic, in the area close to Lake Teshekpuk. (Kiliii Yuyan for Earthjustice)

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