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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

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...
News

Rabe reflects on progress at COP26 and Line 5 in Michigan

Nov 19, 2021
Following the conclusion of COP26, Barry Rabe reflected on the outcomes of the summit in Glasgow. “This is the 26th time that this conference of parties and processes has worked. Each time there is lots of drama, high expectations, and usually in...
In the Media

Haverkamp's top COP26 takeaways in The Hill

Nov 18, 2021 The Hill
Jennifer Haverkamp, a former climate negotiator for the Obama administration, hails historic mention of fossil fuels in the climate pact approved by world leaders. “The fact that it is a phasedown, not a phaseout, and that there are qualifying...
In the Media

El-Sayed discusses the climate crisis and young leadership

Nov 12, 2021 Stateside
Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence, recently sat down with Stateside to discuss the climate crisis. He reflected on the importance of young people in the movement. "When we talk about young people and we look at their...
In the Media

Hausman on U.S. reliance on emerging technologies in push for net-zero

Nov 11, 2021 Inside Climate News
"We are generally very bad at knowing which technologies are going to get cheaper and which technologies are not," Catherine Hausman told Inside Climate News, in response to President Biden's plan for getting to net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan...
In the Media

COP26 agreements not enough, says Haverkamp

Nov 11, 2021 Folha de S.Paulo
Jennifer Haverkamp sat down with Brazilian daily Folha de S.Paulo in a lengthy interview to unpack international commitments to climate reform.  In an assessment of the COP26, she said, "It's valuable to see how many world leaders went to the...
News

Rabe on Biden's climate challenges

Nov 5, 2021
With the international community getting behind climate goals at the COP26 summit this week in Glasgow, Barry Rabe weighed in on what that means in the U.S. context. Appearing on The Heat with Anand Naidoo on CGTN America, Rabe expressed doubts...
News

Ford School represented in U-M student delegation at COP26

Nov 4, 2021
University of Michigan graduate students and their faculty adviser are attending the two-week COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. The students will observe the negotiations, attend side events and interact with various experts. U-M has sent...
News

Rabe on federal climate reform prospects

Oct 29, 2021
Commenting to E&E News and to German news Handelsblatt, Barry Rabe weighed in on why Biden's climate reforms have been weakened in a polarized political climate and what can still be achieved. “A real challenge for the U.S. is if a carbon price...
News

Rabe on the current political climate for environmental policy

Oct 5, 2021
In a flurry of articles in E&E News, Barry Rabe commented on the state of environmental policy as Congress weighs climate measures in the reconciliation bill, the Environmental Protection Agency writes power plant regulations, and midwestern states...
In the Media

Haverkamp defends corporate climate pledges

Sep 22, 2021 Marketplace
As more and more corporations commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, some are skeptical that these pledges are simply performative. But, Jennifer Haverkamp, professor of practice, says otherwise.  "It’s a very important signal....
In the Media

Rabe addresses Illinois ban of fossil fuel electricity

Sep 19, 2021 Chicago Tribune
Illinois is banning coal- and gas-powered electricity by 2045. However, the state isn't outlawing the mining of coal within Illinois.  “It’s one thing to stop importing coal into your state,” Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, said. “It’s...
News

Rabe's Brookings blog addresses methane mitigation policy

Sep 16, 2021 Brookings blog
In a recent Brookings blog, Barry Rabe discusses how the federal government may learn from successful state policies to mitigate methane emissions. "Methane appears to be enjoying its 15 minutes of fame—with even more notoriety likely on 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...