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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: Biden Administration faces conflicts in drilling decisions

Feb 2, 2023 The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal: Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy, said that the Biden administration’s mixed decision reflected the challenges it faces balancing the need to curb...
Publication

Rabe details progress and problems in mitigating methane

Jan 6, 2023
Ford School professor Barry Rabe, one of the nation's leading experts on methane emissions, recently outlined the successes and next steps in the methane policy arena in an article for Brookings.  "Until recently, methane has remained far less...
In the Media

Rabe discusses climate policy funding in Michigan

Jan 2, 2023 Bridge Michigan
Barry Rabe, Bridge Michigan: While policy changes tend to face long and uncertain paths to passage in Lansing, Democrats could advance their environmental agenda by spending that money strategically, said Barry Rabe, a University of Michigan...
In the Media

Rabe on sports and kangaroo leather ban

Dec 17, 2022 ESPN
Barry Rabe, ESPN: "This is the first stage of a long process, and this policy has been stuck in that first stage for 50 years, since the early stages of the Richard Nixon presidency. It's difficult to see a path in the near-term, especially when we...
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Rabe sets expectations for climate policy in Lansing

Dec 12, 2022 Bridge Detroit
Barry Rabe, Bridge Detroit: "I wouldn’t necessarily lowball expectations. But I would temper those against the fact that the margins are narrow, there’s a saturated agenda, a very inexperienced legislature and the 2024 elections are already...
News

Rabe addresses impact of 2022 election on climate policy

Nov 17, 2022
Following the 2022 election, expert Barry Rabe analyzed what the results mean for the future of climate policy. With a Republican-controlled House, climate policy at the federal level could prove difficult to move forward. "I think you’ll see...
In the Media

Rabe discusses role of environment in gubernatorial race

Oct 25, 2022 Bridge Michigan
Barry Rabe, Bridge Michigan: “I wouldn’t say that the environment and climate are irrelevant. But they're probably not as significant in an election where the candidates' positions are polar opposites on some of the big...
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Rabe discusses consumer EV credits

Oct 19, 2022 The New York Times
Barry Rabe, The New York Times: "States whose legislators are least likely to support those consumer purchasing benefits may well be the ones who get the most benefits. (It's not surprising that when a new factory opens) everybody shows up and tries...
News

Rabe analyzes historic climate bill

Sep 4, 2022
With a historic climate bill being passed by Congress in August, Ford School professor Barry Rabe provided multiple media outlets with his expertise to analyze the bill and its impacts. Here is a compilation of his recent appearances: How Ford,...
News

Rabe: Landmark U.S. climate bill addresses methane

Aug 12, 2022
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to pass the Inflation Reduction Act today, which includes nearly $400 billion for clean energy initiatives. The legislation was approved by the Senate last weekend and, if signed into law, would be the...
In the Media

Biden has limited options on climate action - Rabe

Jul 24, 2022 El Mercurio
President Joe Biden announced modest steps to combat climate change and promised more robust action to come, saying, “This is an emergency and I will look at it that way.” In El Mercurio (Chile), Ford School professor Barry Rabe outlined the...
News

Rabe insights on climate change political challenges

Jul 20, 2022
The political climate for action on climate change has become more difficult in the past few weeks, in light of a Supreme Court decision limiting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to limit greenhouse gases and the failure of a...
In the Media

Rabe: Court ruling creates uncertainty at the EPA

Jul 2, 2022 The Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution's The Current podcast looked at the 6-3 ruling on the case of West Virginia vs the Environmental Protection Agency, in which the Supreme Court greatly curtailed the power of the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from...
In the Media

A lost decade for federal climate policy, says Rabe

Jul 1, 2022 E&E News
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA overreached its authority under the Clean Air Act when it crafted the Clean Power Plan. Professor Barry Rabe said that deep political divisions have left the court to play arbiter. “The...
In the Media

Rabe on curbing high gas prices

Jun 16, 2022 Time
This week, President Biden called on U.S. oil refiners to ramp up production to meet the growing demand for gas and rising prices at the pump. In a Time interview, Ford School professor Barry Rabe says he is "struck by the lack of appetite in either...
State & Hill

Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...
State & Hill

Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...