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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 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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
In the Media

Rabe says some environmental legislation still possible

May 11, 2022 Los Angeles Times
Though President Biden's ambitious Build Back Better plan has stalled in Congress, some elements of his environmental agenda could still pass before the midterm elections in November.   Ford School professor Barry Rabe told the Los Angeles Times...
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Rabe on states' rights and politics

Apr 26, 2022
During the Trump administration, blue states found comfort in federalism and states' rights, using the system to fight against federal environmental policies. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, further discussed...
In the Media

Rabe discusses climate policy and 2022 midterms

Apr 21, 2022 The Skimm
With midterms approaching, the future of climate policy is up in the air. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, provided some insight on what might happen before then. “What happens between now and November in...
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Rabe proposes North American collaboration on methane policy

Apr 16, 2022
North American countries have struggled for decades to come together to fight climate change. In a recent article titled "A possible North American path forward on short-lived climate pollutants," Professor Barry Rabe proposes a solution to one...
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Rabe discusses current state of climate action

Apr 13, 2022
On the campaign trail, President Biden promised climate action. But, a few bumps in the road have delayed that action. Specifically, the Build Back Better bill, which includes provisions for action on climate policy, has been stalled. Barry Rabe, J....
In the Media

Rabe comments on shift in methane policy

Mar 23, 2022 New Security Beat
A global shift in opinion about implementing effective methane policy is a surprising development for Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, as he recently discussed in a presentation about short-lived climate...
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Rabe talks carbon pricing on 'In Over My Head'

Mar 20, 2022 In Over My Head
Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, recently appeared on the podcast In Over My Head to discuss the intricacies of carbon pricing.  "The idea of carbon ... was developed principally in the discipline of...
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Rabe provides three lessons from successful HFC regulations

Mar 17, 2022
Regulation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), “an ultra-potent class of greenhouse chemicals widely used in refrigeration,” has seen bipartisan success in Congress and internationally. Could the framework it laid out be used to regulate other greenhouse...
In the Media

Rabe discusses implications of oil and gas flaring

Feb 27, 2022 Inside Climate News
Rather than flaring natural gas, oil and gas companies could reuse and sell the byproduct. But, as Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, points out, loose regulations result in this extra pollution. “Reporting on...
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Russia-Ukraine: Ford School experts can discuss

Feb 24, 2022
Ford School experts can discuss Russia's full-scale attack on Ukraine and its implications on global politics, economics and the human scale. John Ciorciari is an associate professor of public policy and director of the Ford School of Public...
In the Media

Rabe addresses Russian invasion and policy impacts

Feb 23, 2022 E&E News
How will American sanctions on Russia impact Americans? While that question is still unanswered, Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, discussed the policy impacts the situation may have.  “It does raise the...