New Poll Finds Iowa Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Eminent Domain for Carbon Pipelines

For Immediate Release

A new poll, released today by the national advocacy group, Food & Water Action, found that Iowa voters overwhelmingly oppose the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines. The poll, commissioned by Food & Water Action, was conducted by Change Research. Its release comes one week after a public hearing on the issue, where over 150 landowners, legislators and advocates rallied at the capitol, demanding the state legislature act this session to ban the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines. Poll results highlight that eminent domain is top of mind for registered voters heading into the midterm election.

Voters object to carbon pipelines and the use of eminent domain to build them:

  • A plurality (44%) are opposed to the three carbon pipelines proposed for Iowa. Only 35% support them, 21% are unsure.
  • A supermajority (80%) oppose allowing private corporations to use eminent domain to build them. This opposition crosses party lines.
  • 80% of voters who are favorable towards Kim Reynolds oppose the use of eminent domain for carbon pipelines.

Voters want their legislators to fight the use of eminent domain to build these pipelines:

  • 73% of voters say they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who supported using eminent domain to build carbon pipelines. This includes 78% of Democrats & leaners, 70% of Independents, and 69% of Republicans & leaners.
  • 70% of voters support Iowa legislators in the General Assembly blocking the use of eminent domain for these pipelines. This includes 72% of Democrats & leaners, 69% of Independents, and 69% of Republicans & leaners.

Food & Water Action Senior Iowa Organizer Emma Schmit issued the following statement:

“Iowans are united against unsound carbon capture scams and the hazardous pipelines that accompany them. We are opposed to carbon pipelines and categorically opposed to the seizing of land necessary to build them.

“Iowans know that the proposed projects aren’t intended to help our state — instead, these schemes are designed to funnel profit into the pockets of huge corporations, taking our land and using our tax dollars to make it happen. We are staunchly opposed to the use of eminent domain in order to fulfill the greedy aspirations of private corporations.

“Voters will not take inaction as an answer. Iowa’s State Senators must address the predominant concerns of constituents by banning eminent domain for carbon pipelines this session — or else feel the consequences at the ballot box.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

National Environmental Group Endorses Maxwell Alejandro Frost for Congress

The national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Maxwell Alejandro Frost in the primary for Florida’s 10th Congressional district.

The group was in the midst of considering an endorsement in the contested 10th Congressional District when State Senator Randolph Bracy, one of Frost’s opponents in the race, sided with Republicans and the fossil fuel industry in voting to undercut the state’s net metering rules. The law, which passed with Gov. DeSantis’ support, will make it harder for Floridians who have invested in solar for their homes to sell electricity back into the grid, giving more power to utility corporations and fossil fuel power plants. 

Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt issued the following statement:

“Sending Maxwell Alejandro Frost to Congress won’t just win another vote for climate action; it will send a movement builder to DC. Maxwell is an organizer focused on building the power of progressive movements. We look forward to building the climate movement together with him.”

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

National Environmental Groups Endorse Doyle Canning in Oregon Race

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, Food & Water Action, Friends of the Earth Action, Oil Change U.S., and Zero Hour announced their endorsement of Doyle Canning for Oregon’s 4th Congressional district, joining Progressive Democrats of America. 

Together, these national progressive environmental groups represent tens of thousands of Oregon voters. 

Quinn Read, Oregon Political Director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, offered the following statement:

“Doyle Canning is exactly the kind of leader that Congress and Oregon need – one who will fight environmental injustice and fearlessly advocate for real climate solutions. For decades, Canning has built community-focused movements for racial justice, environmental restoration and a stable climate future. I know she will work every day in Congress to ensure a safer, healthier planet for all.”

Sam Bernhardt, Political Director of Food & Water Action, offered the following statement:

“When it really mattered, Doyle Canning stood with her community in fighting a fossil fuel pipeline and export terminal, while her opponent in the upcoming primary stood with the fossil fuel corporations and their profits. Doyle has the experience as an environmental lawyer and progressive policy strategist to secure many more wins for the working families of Oregon and the climate, and we’re proud to stand with her.”

Ariel Moger, Government and Political Affairs Manager of Friends of the Earth Action, offered the following statement:

“It has never been more important to elect leaders like Doyle Canning to Congress. Canning has a proven track record of standing up to Big Polluters and defeating dirty fossil fuel infrastructure projects. She has been an unwavering advocate for people and the planet and will undoubtedly continue to fight for communities and the environment in Congress. Friends of the Earth Action is proud to endorse Doyle Canning and strongly urges voters in Oregon’s 4th Congressional district to support her in the May primary.”

Collin Rees, Political Director of Oil Change U.S., offered the following statement:

“Doyle Canning has been a steadfast champion for climate, economic, and racial justice her entire career — she is exactly the type of leader Congress needs to combat the climate crisis and improve the lives of working people. Doyle has never hesitated to fight for her community’s needs, stand up to Big Oil and Gas, or reject the dirty money polluting our politics. Doyle knows that working together is the only way to overcome the immense crises we face, and we’re proud to endorse her.” 

Zanagee Artis, Executive Director of Zero Hour, offered the following statement: 

“Zero Hour is proud to endorse Doyle Canning’s campaign for OR-04 because Congress needs more movement leaders like Doyle. Doyle Canning has personally shaped many of the most inspiring campaigns and wins of the last 20 years, from Keystone XL to Jordan Cove to getting fossil fuel lobbyists out of the United Nations Climate Negotiations and getting fossil fuel subsidies out of the Build Back Better Act. Zero Hour is ready to send Doyle Canning to Congress because we know that she will continue to work alongside the climate justice movement to end our reliance on fossil fuels as a member of Congress.”

Alan Minsky, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, offered the following statement:

“Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is thrilled to be joining with this great collection of national environmental organizations in supporting Doyle Canning, a true climate champion, for Congress in OR-4. Simply put, we can no longer accept the failure of political leadership to address the realities of the climate emergency and environmental racism. We need powerful advocates like Doyle in Congress, who will never waiver from what both science and justice demand is necessary. We strongly urge all voters in Oregon’s 4th District to support Doyle Canning in the May Democratic primary and the November general election.”

National Environmental Groups Endorse Andy Levin in Michigan Race 

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Climate Hawks Vote, Food & Water Action, Oil Change U.S., and Zero Hour announced their endorsement of Andy Levin for Michigan’s 11th congressional district, joining the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund and Friends of the Earth Action. Together, these national progressive environmental groups represent tens of thousands of Michigan voters.

RL Miller, Political Director at Climate Hawks Vote, offered the following statement:

“Andy Levin has earned the support of Michigan grassroots climate hawks. In a survey in the new district, over 60 percent of Climate Hawks Vote members preferred him to his opponent. He’s earned that support by being a fierce climate hawk who knows how to put working families first. He’s authored climate bills like EV Freedom, promoting electric vehicle infrastructure. And he’s the only candidate in the district who has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge.”  

Sam Bernhardt, Political Director at Food & Water Action, offered the following statement:

“Both in and out of Congress, Andy Levin has a proven track record as an environmental and climate leader. Representative Levin has shown the courage to directly confront the fossil fuel industry by supporting an end to fossil fuel subsidies and refusing to take their contributions. He has led the way on transitioning to electric vehicles. And he is uniquely qualified to work for a fair and just transition for working families and communities directly affected by the need to move off fossil fuels.”

Collin Rees, Political Director at Oil Change U.S., offered the following statement:

“Andy Levin’s bold leadership on climate change and labor justice have set him apart over a long career of public service. His deep commitment to rejecting corporate influence, safeguarding clean water and air across Michigan, and protecting workers and communities during the ongoing renewable energy transition has made him a crucial member of Congress. We need Rep. Levin in Congress, now more than ever.”

Zanagee Artis, Executive Director of Zero Hour, offered the following statement: 

“Zero Hour is proud to endorse Rep. Levin because he will continue to fight for a livable planet in Congress. Congressman Andy Levin’s lifelong commitment to environmental protection speaks for itself. Zero Hour and the young people who mobilize with us in Michigan are ready to send Rep. Levin back to Congress to continue fighting to end fossil fuel subsidies, expand renewable energy, and achieve the Green New Deal that we all deserve.”

Brett Hart, Political Director at the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, offered the following statement:

“Rep. Andy Levin has shown time and again that he is a steadfast environmental champion of the environment and believes we have a moral obligation to save life on earth. Levin has fought his entire career against special interests that have sickened our communities and exacerbated the climate crisis. He is the type of leader we need in Congress more than ever.”

Ariel Moger, Government and Political Affairs Manager at Friends of the Earth Action, offered the following statement:

“​​Friends of the Earth Action is proud to endorse Rep. Andy Levin, a proven advocate for communities and the environment. With so much on the line this election, we must elect leaders who will prioritize people and the planet over corporate profits. Levin is exactly the type of champion we need in Congress. We strongly urge the voters in Michigan’s 11th district to support his reelection.”

Climate Hawks Vote builds grassroots political power for the climate movement – and we win our races.

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy group Food & Water Watch, mobilizes people to build political power to move bold and uncompromised solutions to the most pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. We work to protect people’s health, communities and democracy from the growing destructive power of the most powerful economic interests.

Oil Change U.S. is dedicated to supporting real climate leadership, exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States. We work to demand political candidates and elected officials reject fossil fuel money, end fossil fuel subsidies, oppose new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and support a just transition and a Green New Deal.

Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.

Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. fights for transformational environmental policy and pushes political discourse to center justice and the environment. Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc. is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of Friends of the Earth U.S., but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from Friends of the Earth (Action), Inc., not Friends of the Earth.

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Food & Water Action Endorses David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing two strong climate champions for state legislature in New York City: David Alexis for State Senate District 21 in Brooklyn, and Illapa Sairitupac for Assembly District 65 in Lower Manhattan.

David Alexis is poised to replace Senator Parker, who has repeatedly belittled constituent concerns about climate policy, including blowing off meetings with constituents multiple times on the urgent issue of a statewide gas ban. Where Alexis promises to flush out the old, Sairitupac is the bold and uncompromising voice we need to push the envelope on just how progressive New York’s legislature can be.

Alexis and Sairitupac won the endorsement based on their firm commitment to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis and their commitment to fight for a just and swift transition off fossil fuels.

“David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac share a commitment to climate justice that is lacking among far too many of our legislators in Albany. While others are stuck in the incremental mindsets of decades past, David and Illapa know that when it comes to climate change, delay equals death. Both are committed to fighting for a gas free New York, enacting public power, and providing the desperately needed funding to end the era of fossil fuels in New York,” said Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp. “David and Illapa are fighters, and that’s what it will take to defeat the fossil fuel industry. Their elections will usher in a new era of climate leadership in Albany. We can’t wait to fight alongside them on the campaign trail now and in the capitol following their election.”

“The climate crisis has already started. Food & Water Action understands this, and places the emphasis where it should be: on protecting the vulnerable,” said State Senate Candidate David Alexis. “I’m honored to receive their endorsement because I’ve seen the effects of environmental racism in Brooklyn firsthand. That’s why I’ve always stood up for green energy and clean air.”

“The climate crisis is the terrain for all our battles. As an ecosocialist, I’m proud to have received this endorsement, and look forward to passing the Build Public Renewables Act once in office,” said State Assembly Candidate Illapa Sairitupac.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, Food & Water Action, [email protected].

Food & Water Action Endorses Sarahana Shrestha for New York State Assembly District 103

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, has endorsed Sarahana Shrestha in the race for Assembly District 103, covering portions of Ulster and Dutchess Counties.

Sarahana won the endorsement based on a firm commitment to moving New York to 100 percent renewable energy, stopping fossil fuel infrastructure projects and protecting publicly-owned water systems from corporate takeover. 

With the endorsement, Food & Water Action Organizer Emily Skydel issued the following statement:

“Sarahana is a proven climate leader in the Hudson Valley who has led on issues including stopping the polluting Danskammer power plant and establishing public power statewide. Hudson Valley residents are looking for bold leadership on climate, and Sarahana is the candidate in this race most serious about moving New York off of fossil fuels.

“Her opponent, incumbent Assembly Member Kevin Cahill, was silent on the proposed Danskammer fracked gas power plant expansion. Thankfully the project was recently denied, but there are more battles ahead for the Hudson Valley. We need moral courage from our elected leaders against this powerful industry. Sarahana understands the severity of the crisis and is willing to tackle it head on. We are proud to endorse Sarahana and look forward to seeing her lead in the Assembly.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]