NEW POLL ALERT: Americans Support Smart Infrastructure Investment

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By now you have probably heard that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF)—also known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—was passed into law. The bipartisan legislation, which earned the support of 19 Republican members in the Senate and 13 Republican members in the House, promotes a cleaner energy future by cutting red tape and providing money for clean technology research and development—particularly for hydrogen and carbon capture. 

New polling unveiled today by CEN, and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, reveals that 75% of Americans support this bipartisan legislation, including 59% of Republicans and 75% of Independent voters.

The poll, conducted November 18-21, 2021, found a staggering 85% of Americans support increasing and accelerating development of the country’s clean energy infrastructure. This statement was supported by 72% of Republicans and 87% of Independent voters.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was passed through regular order in both chambers and signed into law on November 15, 2021. The legislation will make significant, smart investments in stronger, cleaner, and more secure infrastructure. The provisions outlined in this legislation are paid-for and will allow the United States to maintain and strengthen its position as a global energy power while becoming a clean technology leader.

CEN, a coalition of 21 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, wishes to thank the following members of Congress for their leadership in passing the measured, targeted investments found in the bipartisan infrastructure framework.

Senator Roy Blunt (MO)Representative Don Bacon (NE-02)
Senator Richard Burr (NC)Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01)
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (WV)Representative Andrew Garbarino (NY-02)
Senator Bill Cassidy (LA)Representative Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16)
Senator Susan Collins (ME)Representative John Katko (NY-24)
Senator Kevin Cramer (ND)Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
Senator Mike Crapo (ID)Representative Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11)
Senator Deb Fischer (NE)Representative David McKinley (WV-01)
Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)Representative Tom Reed (NY-23)
Senator Chuck Grassley (IA)Representative Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Senator John Hoeven (ND)Representative Fred Upton (MI-06)
Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)Representative Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02)
Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)Representative Don Young (AK-at large)
Senator Rob Portman (OH)
Senator James Risch (ID)
Senator Mitt Romney (UT)
Senator Dan Sullivan (AK)
Senator Thom Tillis (NC)
Senator Roger Wicker (MS)

Despite best attempts from House progressives to kill this legislation and replace it with Green New Deal-esque mandates, conservative leadership ensured that the bipartisan infrastructure framework remained true to the basic definition of infrastructure—buildings, roads, and power supplies needed for the operation of society. CEN believes that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a smart investment for our nation and will ultimately lead to a cleaner energy future that is made in America.

Full results of CEN’s 2021 poll will be released in early December (you can view previous poll results here). In the meantime, CEN looks forward to working with state and local conservative leaders on the implementation of this legislation in the days, weeks, and months to come. 

You can read the full press release from CEN on the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act here. For more information on CEN’s infrastructure platform, please visit www.conservativeenergynetwork.org/infrastructure.