Biden denies reports that Alaska oil drilling project has been approved
President Joe Biden has denied reports that he approved an oil drilling project in Alaska.
The reports claimed that the Bureau of Land Management had given the green light to the Willow Project.
The project is a proposed oil and gas drilling operation in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Environmental groups have opposed the project, citing potential harm to wildlife and the climate.
The Trump administration had pushed for the project to go ahead before leaving office.
Biden has prioritized the fight against climate change and promised to protect public lands.
The White House said that no decision had been made on the Willow Project.
The administration has put a hold on all new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.
Biden has also pledged to transition the country to 100% clean energy by 2050.
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