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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

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...
Publication

States can take advantage of energy price hikes - Raimi

Jun 12, 2022
While high energy prices are hurting consumers, there are ways in which state governments can benefit from the spikes to create more resilient communities in the long-term, Ford School lecturer Daniel Raimi writes in Resources. “For some states,...
State & Hill

Observing climate change policymaking up close in Glasgow

May 18, 2022
By Daniel Rivkin Does it make sense for 40,000 people to travel from all over the world to attend a conference intended to reduce greenhouse gasses? Among the attendees, including 100 heads of state, at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow,...
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...
Publication

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...
News

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

Basseches weighs in on solar industry's issue with Biden

Mar 31, 2022 Renewable Energy World
The U.S. Department of Commerce's investigation of a tariff petition has isolated the solar industry, pitting them against the Biden administration. Postdoctoral fellow Joshua Basseches broke down the situation. "Solar is no longer the experiment...
News

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...
In the Media

Rabe on midterms and climate policy

Feb 4, 2022 E&E News
With midterms approaching, people are wondering if climate action will impact the elections. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, explained how Democrats might face issues at the polls due to the failure of the...
In the Media

Rabe points out possibilities for bipartisanship on climate bill

Jan 20, 2022 The New York Times
Many congressional Democrats are calling for a vote on the climate portion of the Build Back Better bill, citing the urgency of the climate crisis. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and Arthur Thurnau Professor of...
In the Media

Can states make individual climate progress? Rabe weighs in

Jan 14, 2022 U.S. News
Many U.S. states taking action to curb climate change. Barry Rabe comments to U.S. News on how much progress they can make individually. “You have kind of a half a loaf,” says Barry Rabe.  “And it's no secret that a good many of those climate...
News

2021: A year of public policy

Dec 16, 2021
The Ford School of Public Policy is a top-ranked public policy school dedicated to preparing diverse leaders to take on society’s most pressing challenges and make transformational discoveries through cutting-edge research. Experts from the Ford...
In the Media

Rabe comments on Democratic strategy to pass climate policy

Dec 6, 2021 E&E News
The Democrats are relying on messaging that includes extreme weather events to pass the climate portion of their social spending package. "It fits the more classic model of environmental policy adoption in the U.S., where usually, we would expect...
News

Lawmakers seek out U-M faculty for expertise on various topics

Dec 1, 2021
Federal lawmakers continue to seek out University of Michigan faculty members to lend their expertise and knowledge to help inform federal policy. In the last year, 13 U-M faculty members and researchers testified at 14 congressional hearings...
In the Media

Haverkamp discusses WTO's role in fighting climate change

Nov 30, 2021 Economic Times
The World Trade Organization's role in climate change has been a topic of discussion lately. With authority over supply chains and fossil fuel subsidies, many say it could be key in the fight against climate change, even with its mixed track...