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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.
PhD Students

Theodor Kulczycki

Theo is getting his PhD in Public Policy & Economics. His research interests include the economic impacts of climate change, labor and health aspects of migration, and development economics. He has previously worked for the Climate Impact Lab and the…
News

Raimi maps U.S. energy economy in new report

Jun 28, 2021
How will actions taken towards preventing climate change affect communities that rely on a fossil fuel economy? In a recent report titled "Mapping the US Energy Economy to Inform Transition Planning," Daniel Raimi, Ford School lecturer and fellow at...
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...
Publication

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

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 federal incentives for state-level climate, clean energy action

Dec 10, 2020 Environment & Energy News
"States are absolutely desperate for revenue and have deep concerns about their ability to sustain themselves. There are growing questions of how states are going to reinvent themselves," Rabe said. "Every state is going to be coming to Washington...
In the Media

Granholm has the experience to be Biden's climate czar - Rabe

Dec 9, 2020 E&E News
"There's always a case to be made for someone with extensive state government experience serving at the federal level, particularly in cases where the state role is likely to be considerable," says Rabe. "And if you look at a Biden presidency, there...
State & Hill

Action on campus, in Congress, and across the globe

Dec 9, 2020
Ford School Currents: Perspectives from students, faculty, and alumni    Dr. Menna Demessie (PhD ‘10)  is the senior vice president of policy analysis and research at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which advances research and...
In the Media

Rabe: Fragile coalition of support exists for climate action

Nov 9, 2020 Vox
“I think Biden can assume that he would have some industry support to work with. This would require really careful political work to hold that supportive coalition together,” Rabe said. Read the full Vox article about Joe Biden's plans to fight...
In the Media

Rabe runs election scenarios and impact on climate action

Oct 30, 2020 EnviroLink
If Trump wins: “In a second Trump administration, we are likely to see executive action that is even bolder, even more aggressive, and probably doing everything imaginable to pump up oil and gas production as a strategy for economic recovery,” said...
In the Media

Rabe on Biden's appeal to Michigan farmers

Oct 12, 2020 Business Insider
“Climate is a really hard thing to explain, especially when you’re talking about localised impacts," said Rabe. "It’s one thing to talk about wildfires or hurricanes, but hitting plants and agriculture is really significant.” Read the full...
In the Media

Rabe says climate concerns matter in 2020 vote

Sep 22, 2020 Environment & Energy News
"In ways that we haven't seen before, the climate and environment issues never really go away. It keeps resurfacing in ways that are relatively unique to the last 20 years or so," Rabe told E&E News. Read the full Environment & Energy News...
State & Hill

Class Notes – Winter 2020

May 22, 2020
Bob Brown (MPA ’71) sold The Scottish Salmon Company and fully retired from active business life at age 73. John Reinemann (MPP ’90) will begin teaching in the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in fall...
News

Rabe weighs in on term climate ‘crisis’

Jul 10, 2019
In the first democratic presidential debate, Sen. Kamala Harris declared “It’s the climate crisis,” to draw contrast to the softer terms often used to describe climate change. She, along with many other democrats, hope it will spark urgency. E&E...

PhD student shares view on COP24 in Nature

Dec 6, 2018
PhD student Michael Lerner was published in the December 5, 2018 issue of Nature. The commentary comes during this week’s 24th annual Conference of Parties (COP24) session at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland. The...