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Local opposition to fracking gains momentum in Colorado

Friday, July 18, 2014

Municipal control over energy policy could make hydraulic fracturing a risky investment in Colorado, Ford School professor Barry Rabe tells the Christian Science Monitor in a July 17 article by Jared Gilmour, titled "In US energy boom, who decides if fracking comes to town?" A legislative compromise in Colorado would have prevented municipal bans on the drilling technique, while also giving municipalities more power to determine fracking policy. However, the compromise collapsed this week after Governor John Hickenlooper failed to gain necessary Republican support.

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New interstate pipeline proposed near old pipeline-rupture site

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a trench though Ron Kardos' Oceola Township, Mich., pasture last year for an oil pipeline - but already Kardos is preparing for another onslaught of construction," writes David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News.

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One in three say no solid evidence of global warming

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By Greta Guest

While a majority of Americans still believe that global warming is occurring, the cold and snowy winter of 2014 created more disbelievers, according to a newly released survey by the National Surveys on Energy and Environment. The survey is a joint effort of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy 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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Read 'the Ford School feed'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The latest edition of the Ford School feed, an email news source for alumni and friends of the school, is now available.

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Rabe cited in Forbes on EPA greenhouse gas rules

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Ford School Professor Barry Rabe was cited in Howard Gleckman's June 2 Forbes article "Could EPA's New Greenhouse Gas Rule Open the Door to a New State-based Gas Tax?" "The proposed EPA rules, which Brookings senior fellow Barry Rabe describes as "climate federalism," seem to acknowledge the demise—at least for now—of a single federal solution to the climate problem," writes Gleckman.

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Barry Rabe interviewed on Marketplace Morning Report about the challenges Obama faces on climate change

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

"Attorney General Greg Abbot, perhaps the most likely person to be the next governor of Texas, routinely says, 'I wake up in the morning, I sue the federal government and then I go home,'" Barry Rabe told Sally Herships during a May 6 interview for Marketplace Morning Report.

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Collaborative research effort shows pollution top concern for citizens around Great Lakes

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Ford School joined a research team including faculty and graduate students from Ryerson University in Toronto and Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania to survey public opinion on issues related to the Great Lakes basin.

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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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