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Barry Rabe

J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
Rabe examines the political feasibility and durability of environmental and energy policy, with a particular emphasis on efforts to address climate change in the U.S. and other federal systems. His most recent books examine the politics of carbon pricing and the limitations of unilateral executive branch policy actions. Current research explores the politics of intensive but short-lived greenhouse gases, such as methane and HFCs. Recent policy engagement includes work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, the Department of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
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Rabe on the current political climate for environmental policy

Oct 5, 2021
In a flurry of articles in E&E News, Barry Rabe commented on the state of environmental policy as Congress weighs climate measures in the reconciliation bill, the Environmental Protection Agency writes power plant regulations, and midwestern states...
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Rabe honored with NASPAA Distinguished Research Award

Sep 28, 2021
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has awarded Barry Rabe, the Ford School’s J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, the 2021 NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished...
In the Media

Rabe addresses Illinois ban of fossil fuel electricity

Sep 19, 2021 Chicago Tribune
Illinois is banning coal- and gas-powered electricity by 2045. However, the state isn't outlawing the mining of coal within Illinois.  “It’s one thing to stop importing coal into your state,” Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, said. “It’s...
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Rabe's Brookings blog addresses methane mitigation policy

Sep 16, 2021 Brookings blog
In a recent Brookings blog, Barry Rabe discusses how the federal government may learn from successful state policies to mitigate methane emissions. "Methane appears to be enjoying its 15 minutes of fame—with even more notoriety likely on the...
In the Media

Rabe explains carbon border adjustment

Jul 25, 2021 Energy Intelligence
Democrats have included a carbon border adjustment in their "climate-heavy infrastructure package." This was in response to the EU's debut of a carbon border tax. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur...
Alumni spotlight

Kristy Hartman (MPP ‘13) informs and supports state energy policy

Jun 28, 2021
Before she took a position at the Nuclear Energy Institute as the director of stakeholder strategy & engagement, Kristy Hartman (MPP ‘13) served as the energy program director at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL’s energy...
In the Media

Rabe evaluates Biden's climate policy

Jun 15, 2021 The Christian Science Monitor
While President Biden has shown a lot of initiative for climate policy in the first months of his term, many scholars say something is missing: a carbon tax. Barry Rabe, the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, provided an...
State & Hill

Building strength

Jun 10, 2021
With new leading-edge research and faces at the school, the Ford School builds depth in two key policy areas. Energy and the environment Economics, political science, psychology, and community engagement are at the roots of the Ford School’s...
State & Hill

Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Rabe urges Biden administration to address methane reduction

May 9, 2021
"Methane has contributed one-quarter of of global warming to date," Ford School professor Barry Rabe writes in "Thought from Our Fellows" published by the National Academy of Public Administration. "The Biden Administration has an opportunity to...
In the Media

Rabe: Kerry needs strong U.S. environmental action to be successful

Apr 22, 2021 LaCroix
“For John Kerry to do his job well, the United States needs to be exemplary at home from an environmental perspective. However, this will not be easy because there is resistance to Joe Biden's climate ambitions, particularly in states, such as...
In the Media

Increasing EVs will not be easy, says Rabe

Apr 15, 2021 E&E News
As the Biden administration looks to replace the federal government's fleet of cars and trucks with electric vehicles, Professor Barry Rabe commented, "This involves the entire supply chain from raw materials, including computer chips, to production...
In the Media

Rabe comments on immediate use of a debated climate metric

Mar 16, 2021 Bloomberg Law
The Biden administration changed a key climate change metric—the social cost of carbon—to $51 in late February, in a move that will allow regulators to write more stringent carbon emissions rules. Barry Rabe said two of Biden's priorities—cutting...
In the Media

Rabe on Senator Manchin's climate position

Mar 15, 2021 Automotive News
With a 50-50 split Senate, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), a conservative Democrat, will play a key role in any legislation passed to promote renewable energy because, according to Professor Barry Rabe, West Virginia's economy is heavily dependent on...
In the Media

Rabe comments on oil industry "backing" carbon pricing

Mar 8, 2021 Grist
In an article in Grist about the oil industry's biggest lobbying group backing carbon pricing, Rabe says that a carbon price seems less threatening to oil and gas companies than other regulations — the European Union and Canada already have prices...
News

Rabe comments on GM's historic move to electric vehicles

Jan 28, 2021
General Motors announced Thursday, January 28, that it would eliminate gasoline and diesel powered engines in their passenger cars, vans, and SUVs by 2035. They also pledged to make their factories carbon neutral by 2040.  In an interview with...
In the Media

Rabe on Trump's push for midnight regulation

Jan 5, 2021 The Detroit News via The Omaha World-Herald
"This would not be the first administration to do it, but the sheer range of things that they are trying to finish off or nail down is really pretty stunning," said Barry Rabe.  Read the full Detroit News article via The Omaha...