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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…
Publication

What's stopping U.S. climate policies from working effectively?

Jan 30, 2024
The United States recently passed major climate change laws, such as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA), and the CHIPS and Science Act, which allocate funding with a goal of expanding...
News

Haverkamp comments on COP28 issues

Dec 6, 2023
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries have gathered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the two-week COP28 conference in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst ravages of climate change. University of Michigan experts are...
News

Green examines water data as part of UMSI theme year

Sep 13, 2023
“Water conservation and access” brings a slew of images to mind: wastewater flowing through main lines to a city treatment plant, a fisherman yanking invasive mussels off the hull of a trawler, the installation of filters in communities that lack...
News

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

Natural disasters can have an effect on climate skeptics - Raimi

Aug 3, 2023 Associated Press
Kaitlin Raimi, Associated Press: And highly visible events in places where they’re not normally expected — like heat waves in places without air conditioning infrastructure, or wildfire smoke on the East Coast and in the Midwest — can be more...
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...
State & Hill

Global Fordies make the school a bigger, better place

May 3, 2023
By Daniel Rivkin Akiho Nagano (MPP '23) and Mayu Ueno (MPP '24) were speaking in a corridor at Weill Hall, sharing thoughts about past jobs, future jobs, and their families. Roaming the halls, you can hear similar conversations, in their case in...
State & Hill

Amplifying the voices of Puerto Rican communities

May 3, 2023
Ostfeld partners with the University of Puerto Rico to build social science infrastructure By Miriam Wasserman To say that Puerto Rico has faced profound and dramatic challenges over the past two decades is an understatement. Even before...
News

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...
Publication

Rabe details progress and problems in mitigating methane

Jan 6, 2023
Ford School professor Barry Rabe, one of the nation's leading experts on methane emissions, recently outlined the successes and next steps in the methane policy arena in an article for Brookings.  "Until recently, methane has remained far less...
Publication

Hills condemns lawsuits against energy producers

Jan 5, 2023
Outraged at lawsuits filed by states and municipalities alleging energy companies are responsible for weather-related damages, Rusty Hills, lecturer in public policy, took to the National Law Journal to argue against these frivolous...
News

Ford School students participate in UN’s COP27

Dec 20, 2022
Three Ford School students attended the recent UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP 27) summit in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The two-week event brought together 112 heads of state and government, and more than 46,000 delegates, including scientists,...
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...