April 11 (UPI) — Americans overwhelmingly support a set of six climate change policy proposals backed by the Biden administration, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Poll results showed that to varying degrees, strong majorities of U.S. residents support climate proposals such as providing tax credits for installing clean energy systems in homes or spending federal money for the construction of electric vehicle charging stations.
At the high end of the scale, 89% of respondents favored the idea of the clean energy tax credit, while the least favorable response was the 59% who supported federal spending on charging stations. charging, Gallup reported.
Between the two, pollsters found that 75% supported offering tax incentives to businesses to promote their use of wind, solar and nuclear power and 71% favored setting higher energy efficiency standards. high for cars, trucks and buses.
Additionally, 62% favored setting strict limits on the release of methane in natural gas production, while 61% favored giving tax credits to individuals who purchase electric vehicles.
All six proposals were included in President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act introduced last year, which was stalled in the Senate when two key Democrats made sense of them. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kristin Sinema of Arizona declined to support the measure. .
in December, Manchin said he would not vote for the bill, citing factors including inflation concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic and “geopolitical unrest”.
Some policies to boost the use of clean energy and electric vehicles were included in a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed last year.
On a broader topic related to climate change, the new Gallup poll found that a narrow majority of 53% say they are more concerned about the risk to the environment of not adopting such proposals than about the potential damage to the environment. economy.
Some 43%, meanwhile. indicated that they are more concerned about the potential damage to the economy and the deficit if these measures are adopted.
Partisanly, strong majorities of Republicans favored some of the climate change measures, including 78% who supported tax credits for installing clean energy systems in homes and 62% who supported agreed to offer corporate tax incentives to promote their use of wind, solar and nuclear power.
However, only 36% of Republicans supported tax credits for individuals who purchase electric vehicles.