At a time when the state is deeply divided politically, Iowans are largely united in their opposition to carbon-capture pipeline companies using eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to sell them access to their property, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. 

The poll shows 78% of Iowans oppose companies using the state-granted power to build carbon-capture pipelines across the state, while 15% are in favor and 7% are unsure.  


A strong majority of Iowans oppose eminent domain for the pipelines, regardless of their political party, gender, age, religion, income or where they live. 

For example, 72% of Republicans oppose using eminent domain for pipeline construction, 82% of Democrats and 79% of independents; 76% of men and 80% of women; 78% of respondents younger than 45 along with those 45 and older; and 80% of rural residents and 76% of urban residents. 


A bill in the Iowa House would require carbon-capture pipeline companies to reach voluntary deals for 90% of the land they need before they can seek eminent domain. 

Pipeline companies also would have to wait for new federal rules, comply with local ordinances and secure permits in other states before they could build in Iowa. 

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