Barry Rabe speaks with the New York Times about impact of elections on climate change policy

June 4, 2010

The New York Times interviewed Barry Rabe about the dimming prospects in several Midwest states for climate initiatives such as renewable energy programs and emissions regulation.

Governors have significant power to set state energy policy in several Midwest states, notes Rabe. The article, "Will the Midwest Turn Its Back on Addressing Climate Change?" explores the impact that the upcoming gubernatorial elections and the predominance of economic issues might have on whether states roll back existing efforts to protect the environment and spur green economic transformation.

Rabe notes that the current fiscal crisis limits the ability of gubernatorial candidates to propose new climate initiatives or pledge support for existing programs. He goes on to point out that many of the incumbent candidates are Democrats "in a year that is thought to not be good for incumbents or Democrats."