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White House Memo: Pushing President Biden's Full, Popular, and Bipartisan Build Back Better Agenda Forward

Gina McCarthy, White House Climate Advisor & Anita Dunn, White House Senior Advisor
07-26-2021

This memo from the White House highlights public polling about key environmental provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF), as well as strong poll numbers for climate-related infrastructure investments that were left out of the bipartisan plan. 

The memo shows that Americans broadly support a range of environmental policies included in the BIF:

  • Nearly three-quarters of Americans support replacing all lead water pipes and service lines (per Morning Consult)
  • The majority of Americans support investments to plug abandoned oil and gas wells and restore abandoned mines (per Morning Consult)
  • 63% of Americans support robust proposals for transit and rail investments (per Morning Consult)
  • 61% of Americans support investments to build new electric vehicle charging stations (per Navigator) 
  • 61% of voters support providing more federal assistance to cities and states to improve the resiliency of infrastructure to extreme weather events (per Data for Progress)
  • 60% of Americans support investing in clean energy to help avoid power outages, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and combat climate change (per Yahoo News/YouGov)

Additionally, Americans widely support several climate-related policies that are not included in the BIF:

  • 64% of Americans support incentives to spur clean energy deployment (per Reuters)
  • Nearly two-thirds of voters support government action to move the country to a fully clean power sector by 2035 (per Data for Progress)
  • 77% of voters support creating a Civilian Climate Corps of conservation and resilience workers (per Data for Progress)