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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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Ford school faculty available to weigh in on 2024 elections

Jan 28, 2024
The University of Michigan has published an experts guide to the 2024 elections. Ford School faculty are available to offer insights on relevant issues impacting the elections, including the following:  Economics Betsey Stevenson, professor of...
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Rabe comments on COP28 climate deal

Dec 14, 2023
At the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, nearly 200 nations approved a global pact that calls for transitioning away from fossil fuels—a first. The deal also calls for tripling the use of renewable energy, doubling energy efficiency and slashing...
State & Hill

Faculty news, fall 2023

Dec 12, 2023
Axelrod's adventures Robert Axelrod, William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, writes about the difficulties and rewards of interdisciplinary collaboration in his new autobiography, A Passion for Cooperation: Adventures...
State & Hill

Faculty Findings, fall 2023

Dec 12, 2023
Transmission impossible? Current research suggests that the U.S. could reach net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 at a relatively low cost by utilizing currently available technologies, such as electric vehicles and zero-carbon...
State & Hill

Discourse: Fordies in the news, fall 2023

Dec 12, 2023
“Rather than a single terrorist attack, this was a complex operation that involved commando teams and rocket attacks against multiple targets. The fact that Israel appears to have lacked advance warning is surprising, given Israel’s excellence in...
In the Media

Rabe on the effects of the Inflation Reduction Act in West Virginia

Sep 11, 2023 Newsweek
Barry Rabe, Newsweek: "I think the inflation Reduction Act and the bipartisan infrastructure legislation are really set up to potentially provide substantial benefits for West Virginia, as it begins to accelerate this transition away from fossil...
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Will courts limit the use of climate-combatting technologies?

Aug 30, 2023
Ford School professor Barry Rabe is concerned about how a set of recent court decisions mean for new climate technologies.  In a commentary piece for Brookings, Rabe notes that while the U.S. has been a world leader in accelerating the transition...
In the Media

Michigan attitude on climate action changing - Rabe

Jul 10, 2023 The New York Times
Barry Rabe, The New York Times: Barry Rabe, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan, said public opinion in the state about the need for climate action is shifting. “We have begun to see a kind of pivot and change in my...
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Rabe: Carbon pricing increasingly linked to energy transition

Jul 1, 2023
Ford School professor Barry Rabe has been a leading voice on climate change and its causes, including methane and other greenhouse gasses. His expertise was recently tapped at a conference at the Wilson Center, A Transatlantic Dialogue: Carbon...
In the Media

Rabe on EPA's powers

Jun 22, 2023 The Washington Post
Barry Rabe, The Washington Post: Barry Rabe, a professor of environmental policy at the University of Michigan, said that while the ruling might seem technical, it has major implications both for the fight against HFCs and for administrative...
In the Media

Rabe: US playing catch-up on fighting fossil fuels

Jun 10, 2023 The Guardian
Barry Rabe, The Guardian: Barry Rabe, an expert in environmental policy at the University of Michigan, said that with no plan set forward by Congress to shift away from gas or build new networks of power lines to transport clean electricity, fights...
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Exploring Carbon Pricing and Carbon Border Adjustments

Jun 8, 2023
Barry Rabe, PhD, joins this episode of Michigan Minds to talk about his recent paper, “Carbon Pricing Enters Middle Age,” and discusses how carbon border adjustments can link future carbon pricing to international trade. Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki...
In the Media

Nuclear energy future unclear - Rabe

May 27, 2023 Energy Monitor
Barry Rabe, Energy Monitor: “There has been no major resurgence in new nuclear plants so far,” agrees Barry Rabe, professor at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. “Beyond Georgia, I could not tell you where the...
In the Media

Electoral risk in Biden fossil fuel policies - Rabe

May 26, 2023 E&E EnergyWire
Barry Rabe, E&E EnergyWire:  “I think there’s always a risk of, probably not seeing voters shift from say a Biden to a Trump, but possibly not participating,” said Barry Rabe, an author and environmental professor at the University of...
In the Media

Rabe says Alaska taking a "leap of faith" with carbon credits

May 23, 2023 Associated Press
Barry Rabe, Associated Press: Lawmakers cast the bill as allowing Alaska to have the best of both worlds — continuing to permit oil drilling, mining and timber activities while also stepping into the potentially lucrative market for sequestering...
State & Hill

Discourse: Fordies in the news, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
"The Republicans are just in a really difficult situation, because their margin is so small and this bloc is so determined. They want to be able to stymie things if things are not going their way. This is an effort to wield as much power as they can...
State & Hill

Faculty News, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Dominique Adams-Santos, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, and PhD candidate Kayonne Christy contributed a chapter, "Narratives in Context: Locating Racism and Sexism in Black Women's Health Experiences," to The Routledge Companion to...
In the Media

Texas Republicans fight renewables, part of a GOP trend, says Rabe

Apr 24, 2023 Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Barry Rabe, Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Republicans are fighting renewables boom that's made Texas the king of clean energy. "This could indeed chill the continued expansion of renewables in the state," says Barry Rabe, a professor at the University of...
In the Media

Rabe on changing attitudes about nuclear energy

Mar 3, 2023
Barry Rabe, Newsweek: "I'm just looking at the numbers: you would need to triple existing nuclear capacity to replace gas and maintain existing nuclear [production]. That would be a massive, massive build-out. The timelines for that are significant....
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Rabe addresses climate change conspiracies

Feb 13, 2023
Climate change deniers are using new strategies to spread their beliefs — namely the conspiracy theory that climate change is a hoax meant to subdue populations. Climate policy expert Barry Rabe talked to Newsweek to break down that myth and its...
In the Media

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...