Americans Want Energy Independence, Economic Impact Assessments Before Enactment Of New Energy Legislation, And Significant Role For America's Energy Producers In Biden’s "Build Back Better" Plan

Americans Want Energy Independence, Economic Impact Assessments Before Enactment Of New Energy Legislation, And Significant Role For America's Energy Producers In Biden’s "Build Back Better" Plan

In this article, Derrick Hollie, an expert on energy poverty issues, discusses the latest TIPP Poll findings on energy independence, economic impact assessment, and the role America's energy producers must play in President Biden's "Build Back Better Plan."

Derrick Hollie
Derrick Hollie

Before enacting new legislation and regulations, Americans want an economic impact assessment for all affected communities. Americans overwhelmingly favor energy independence and for the country to not rely on foreign oil, and think America's energy producers must play a significant role to "Build Back Better."

These are three key findings of a TIPP Poll conducted for Reaching America, an organization that addresses complex social issues impacting African American communities today.

1. Americans Agree: Energy Independence Is Critical

An overwhelming share of the public (81%) believes that it is critical to maintain U.S. energy independence and not rely on foreign oil. Such an agreement is exceedingly rare in a polarized country.  It is heartening to see Americans of all political stripes and ideologies embrace energy independence and reject reliance on foreign countries.  All parties and ideologies share the sentiment:

  • 83% of Democrats
  • 87% of Republicans
  • 81% of Independents
  • 87% of conservatives
  • 81% of moderates
  • 81% of liberals

2. Public Unanimous on Economic Impact Assessment

Before enacting new legislation or regulations, the public wants an impact assessment to determine the economic impact on America's communities.

The poll reveals widespread support for impact assessments across all American communities, regardless of income level, with 72% supporting impact assessment on American communities, and 71% supporting impact assessment on America's low-income communities. The support is consistent across the board, regardless of party affiliation or political ideology.

3. American Energy Producers Must Play A Major or Participatory Role in Building Back Better

Four in ten (41%) want energy producers to play a major role in shaping new legislation, while another three in ten (31%) want them to play a participatory role. That means, a majority of Americans (72%) think energy producers should have a seat at the table about how to "Build Back Better," including plans to reshape the American workforce, build sustainable infrastructure, and a clean energy future. The break-down is below:

41% want a major role
31% want a participatory role
10% see a minor role
3% see a no role
14% are not sure

About the Survey:

TechnoMetrica conducted The TIPP Poll, an online survey for the Foundation for Reaching America, from April 28 to April 30.  The nationwide study had a sample of 1,300 Americans, 18 or older, and TechnoMetrica's network of panel partners provided the study sample. Upon the study completion, TechnoMetrica weighted the study dataset by gender, age, race, education, and geographical region to mirror known benchmarks such as the U.S. Census. The credibility interval (CI) for the survey is +/- 2.8 percentage points, meaning the study is accurate to within ± 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been surveyed. Subgroups based on gender, age, ethnicity, and region have higher credibility intervals due to smaller sample sizes.

Derrick Hollie is an award-winning education and outreach campaign leader for the federal government, television guest commentator, and business leader within the private and nonprofit sectors. Mr. Hollie is a frequent witness before the U.S. Congress, providing testimony on energy poverty that resonates with lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Most recently, Mr. Hollie served as director of The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. His work sparks significant enthusiasm across political, cultural, and social backgrounds.


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