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Barry Rabe

  • Former Director, Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy
  • J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
  • Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration

About the Barry

Barry Rabe is the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy and the former director of the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) at the Ford School. He is also the Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy and holds courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Political Science, and the School for Environment and Sustainability. Barry was recently a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and continues to serve as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His research examines climate and energy politics and his newest book, Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press) was released in spring 2018. He has received four awards for his research from the American Political Science Association, including the 2017 Martha Derthick Award for long-standing impact in the fields of federalism and intergovernmental relations. Barry co-chaired the Assumable Waters Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2015-2017 and has served on recent National Academy of Public Administration panels examining the Departments of Commerce and Interior as well as the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Barry Rabe's Policy Points Videos

Policy Points is a video series featuring short segments on current events or recent research by faculty from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Ford School encourages opinion leaders worldwide to use material from these videos or transcripts in decision making-, research-, or media-related activities, and to contact the School for more information. Please give credit to "Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan,"

November 5, 2014: Taxes on fracking? Politics in the shale era


May 14, 2013: Michigan and Pennsylvania residents see benefits and risks in latest fracking survey

March 4, 2013: Two-thirds of Americans now believe global warming is real

December 5, 2012: A majority of Americans say the federal government should address climate change

April 19, 2012: Mixed opinions on fracking

Barry Rabe's Radio Interviews

Select links below to listen to Barry Rabe's radio interviews.

December 3, 2015: Wisconsin Public Radio: Climate Change And The 2016 Presidential Race

November 11, 2015: Wisconsin Public Radio: A Look At President Obama's Rejection Of The Keystone Pipeline

October 26, 2015: High Plains Public Radio: Recent Survey Shows Acceptance of Climate Science on the Rise

August 3, 2015: NPR: Obama's Climate Plan Faces Huge Political Challenges

July 17, 2015: UM survey: extreme weather impacts climate change beliefs

May 7, 2015: When Colorado Raids Severance Taxes, The 'Energy Impacted' Feel The Pinch

May 5, 2015: North Dakota Streamlines Industry Taxes Amid Low Oil Prices

May 4, 2015: Inside Energy: North Dakota oil taxes

April 30, 2015: Amidst Low Prices, North Dakota Scrambles To Change Oil Tax Rate

April 22, 2015: Main Street: Barry Rabe on Taxing Oil and Gas (27 minutes in)

April 22, 2015: Senate committee considering new oil tax bill

January 19, 2015: Survey: Americans are ready to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

January 19, 2015: Stateside for Monday, January 19, 2015

January 8, 2015: Inside Energy: Keystone XL

November 12, 2014: Stateside for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014: How should states tax the new fossil-fuel boom?

July 22, 2014: Carbon tax finds bipartisan support when funds are delegated to a specific cause

November 14, 2013: Why do we have the lowest recycling rate in the Great Lakes region?

July 14, 2013: The Civil Rights Stand Of A Young Gerald Ford

July 8, 2013: Dump a ton of trash in Ottawa, pay $100 - Dump a ton of trash in Michigan, pay 21 cents

June 25, 2013: WILS: Capital City Recap

March 5, 2013: WILS: Capital City Recap

Barry Rabe's Other Interviews

October 21, 2014: Fewer Americans Think Global Warming Is Happening

July 24, 2014: Question of revenue use critical to building public support for carbon pricing programs, says academic (Subscription required)

Barry Rabe

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