Rabe speaks with NPR about changing attitudes on climate action and Obama’s Clean Power Plan

August 8, 2015

In “Obama's Climate Plan Faces Huge Political Challenges,” which ran on Monday, NPR reporter Scott Horsley outlined the President’s “ambitious new climate regulations” and the political opposition to them. He turned to Barry Rabe to provide insight when the story shifted to the public’s changing attitudes on climate action.

“Two out of three Americans were supportive of the idea of the Clean Power Plan, the idea of removing carbon emissions from existing power plants,” said Rabe. “That broke up a bit as you looked at different parties or different strategies, but roughly, 2 out of 3 in support.” Rabe was citing data from recent public opinion surveys conducted by the Ford School’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP).

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.