“Biden will keep being haunted until he changes course,” said one climate campaigner.

By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

Further emboldened by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s fresh call for rapid emission cuts, campaigners are planning to rally outside the U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday morning to protest the Biden administration’s approval of a massive oil drilling project that—if completed—would spew millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.

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In a press release announcing the demonstration, which is set to begin at 9:00 am ET, Fossil Free Media said those voicing outrage over the administration’s decision to greenlight the project will include climate activists, social media influencers, students, and others.

The protest will coincide with President Joe Biden’s planned remarks at the White House Conservation in Action Summit at the Interior Department, which signed off on a version of ConocoPhillips’ Willow Project last week despite widespread opposition and warnings that it would undermine the global climate fight.

The Interior Department has estimated that the Alaska drilling project—the largest of its kind on U.S. public land—could produce nearly 580 million barrels of oil over three decades and unleash more than 270 million metric tons of planet-warming CO2. Green groups are suing the administration in an effort to stop the project, which is not expected to begin producing oil for another six years.

Jamie Henn, the director of Fossil Free Media, wrote Monday that the IPCC’s report “makes it all the more clear that Biden’s approval of the Willow Project was an act of climate denial and destruction.”

The report, the product of years of work by hundreds of leading scientists from around the world, says greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by 60% over roughly the next decade to keep the Paris climate accord’s critical warming target alive.

The Biden administration’s approval of the Willow Project and other drilling—during his first two years in office, Biden outpaced former President Donald Trump in permit approvals—called into further doubt the White House’s commitment to treating the climate crisis as an “existential threat.”

“Reading the U.N.’s latest dire climate warnings just days after Biden approved massive new Arctic oil drilling is utterly infuriating,” Shaye Wolf, climate science director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said Monday. “The fossil-fueled path to more climate disasters, mass displacements, and wildlife extinctions is bleak, but it’s not inevitable.”

“Chief among world leaders, Biden has the tools to not only ratchet up renewables but move us decisively off fossil fuels,” Wolf added. “Scientists have mapped the way to a livable planet, but we need the political will to get us there.”

On Monday, shortly following the release of the IPCC report, climate activists disrupted a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi appeared to deliver an address on the “future of U.S. climate and energy leadership.”

Reuters reported that “a dozen protesters holding a sign saying ‘End Fossil Fuels’ chanted ‘Keep your promise, no new drilling’ for several minutes, preventing Zaidi from starting his remarks.” Zaidi responded by pointing to the climate investments approved under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

“At the end of the day, nobody in a position of power seems to be accepting the reality and the urgency of this moment,” Reilly Haught, a 23-year-old protestor from West Virginia, told Reuters. “And that’s what we wanted to share with him. We just can’t go on with business as usual with only the people in suits having these important conversations.”

Collin Rees of Oil Change International tweeted Monday that “‘climate leaders’ don’t approve huge fossil fuel projects like the Willow Project, which would negate most emissions reductions from the IRA even under rosy estimates.”

“The IPCC is clear—no new oil + gas,” Rees added. “Biden will keep being haunted until he changes course.”