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States and localities need to work together to tap the potential of shale deposits, writes Rabe

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In a blog post for the Brookings Institution, Barry Rabe and Christopher Borick, a professor of political science at Muhlenberg College, explain how a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision highlights the state and local governance challenges facing regions with accessible shale deposits. The Court voted to sustain a lower court decision to overturn key provisions in 2012 legislation that put fracking largely under state control. The case was brought by a series of local governments.

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Rabe discusses state's low recycling rate on Michigan Radio

Thursday, November 14, 2013

With a recycling rate of less than 20 percent, Michigan falls far below both the regional and national average. In an interview on Michigan Radio's Stateside program, Barry Rabe discusses why Michigan has such a low recycling rate and what policies can be put in place to incentivize behavioral change.

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Rabe pens op-ed on changing public opinion concerning climate change

Friday, September 27, 2013

Professor Barry Rabe, along with Christopher Borick from Muhlenberg College, writes opinion article for Orange County Register on the policy implications of fluctuating public opinion on global warming. Rabe and Borick explain that the last three years have seen a rebound in American acceptance of climate change, but that public willingness to pay for the types of efforts that are necessary to reduce carbon emissions remains minimal.

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Climate change continues to polarize congressional politics, says Barry Rabe

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The United States has experienced a staggering number of weather extremes in recent years—368 national disaster declarations since 2011. And polls indicate that the majority of Americans believe global warming is real. Despite this, Congress remains deeply divided over the issue of climate change.

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Carbon tax shift working in Canada, Barry Rabe tells ClimateWire, but hasn't spread elsewhere

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

An upcoming issue of Canadian Public Policy includes a study by the environmental think tank Sustainable Prosperity that shows British Columbia's carbon tax shift, now five years old, has contributed to an overall decline in fossil fuel use and lower personal and corporate tax rates.

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NPR explores defining moment in the life of the young Gerald Ford

Sunday, July 14, 2013

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gerald Ford, Don Gonyea of NPR's "All Things Considered" examines an incident at the U-M in 1934. Ford was a student and football player at the time, and the incident—and its outcome—not only reveals the character of the future president but also served as an ethical benchmark for his thinking, decades later, on affirmative action.

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Winter 2013 has chilled Americans' acceptance of global warming, finds National Surveys on Energy and Environment

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A complaint-worthy winter has led to a drop in the number of Americans who believe that global warming is real, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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"A Grand Bargain on Fracking? Lessons from Springfield, Illinois," Barry Rabe's latest blog post

Monday, June 10, 2013

Editor's Note: A new Illinois statewide policy on shale development and the possible use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) procedures was just passed with overwhelming majorities in both legislative chambers. Barry Rabe explains the significance of this legislation and how this aspect of the Illinois experience is worthy of national attention.

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Fracking brings economic boost, but risks raise concerns

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say fracking is good for the economy, but have concerns about chemicals used and other environmental risks, according to a University of Michigan survey.

The results come from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment, a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at U-M's Ford School of Public Policy and the Muhlenberg Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa.

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Urban policy-themed Spring edition of State & Hill published

Monday, April 22, 2013

Cities—in America and around the globe—remain vitally important in fueling economic growth, producing jobs, and cultivating innovation and creativity. This edition of State & Hill features insights into city policy from faculty, alumni, and friends of the Ford School.

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An engaged citizen

Monday, April 22, 2013

Barry Rabe on the future of CLOSUP

A six-inch bobblehead of Ron Swanson, director of a fictitious Midwestern parks department in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, dominates the meeting table in Barry Rabe's office. The bobblehead is something of an enigma.

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Rabe quoted in NPR article on political polarization of states

Monday, April 1, 2013

Barry Rabe was quoted in an NPR article about the deepening political divide between U.S. states. The article, which is titled, "A State Apart and, Politically, A World Away," considers the polarization of states on both economic and social issues, like the environment.

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Local leaders: In residents we trust

Friday, March 15, 2013

Local government leaders in Michigan are more likely to trust their residents than their residents are to trust local governments, according to a University of Michigan survey.

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Rabe discusses growing belief in global warming in "Policy Points" video

Monday, March 4, 2013

In a new installment of "Policy Points," Barry Rabe discusses the increasing belief among Americans in the existence of global warming.

"We've now seen in recent surveys a jump back up from levels of the last couple of years—where belief was around the fifty percent level—to where nearly now seven out of ten Americans believe there is solid evidence of global warming over the last four decades," Rabe told Policy Points.

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NRC appoints Barry Rabe to steering committee on shale gas development

Monday, February 4, 2013

The National Research Council (NRC) has appointed Ford School Professor Barry Rabe to a steering committee that will organize two workshops examining the social and decision-making issues related to identifying, assessing, and managing risk in shale gas development.

In the first workshop, experts and practitioners will identify key issues regarding shale gas development and discuss the state and limits of scientific knowledge on those issues. In the second workshop, social scientists from several disciplines will apply a variety of insights about risk management institutions to the shale gas case, while interacting with each other and with practitioners.

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Rabe speaks with Bloomberg Businessweek on climate change perceptions

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bloomberg Businessweek interviewed Barry Rabe in an article about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on oceanfront home purchases in New Jersey where damage from the storm was great. According to the article, home prices along the East Coast have continued to rise, despite the risk of damage posed by future storms.

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"Black and Blue" documentary kicks off celebrations of President Ford's centennial year

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

On January 23, the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will present the documentary Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game. The film will screen at 4 p.m. in the Ford School's Annenberg Auditorium and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring son of President Ford, Steven Ford, and grandson of Willis Ward, Buzz Thomas.

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Michigan Chronicle interviews Rabe on fracking in Michigan

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Michigan Chronicle interviewed Barry Rabe for its story on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Fracking is a process by which oil and gas companies inject chemical fluids or sand into underground shale rock formations in order to free deposits of oil or natural gas. The article, "Fracking Put Pennsylvania on Top of the U.S. Gas Boom—Is Michigan Next?" considers how growth of fracking techniques may impact the economy and environment in Michigan.

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Rabe, Ruff speak with The Detroit News on right-to-work

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Detroit News interviewed Barry Rabe and Craig Ruff about the decision by Governor Rick Snyder to endorse right-to-work legislation in Michigan.

The decision, Rabe said, could be a defining moment in Snyder's political career, potentially branding him as an unusually partisan political figure.

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