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Barry Rabe

  • 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 Director

Barry Rabe is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy; J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy; Professor of the Environment, College of Literature, Science and the Arts; Professor of Environmental Policy, School of Natural Resources and the Environment; and Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Barry's research examines the intersection of environmental protection and energy development in federal systems, with special interest in the role of American states and Canadian provinces in policy development and implementation. Much of his work in recent years has examined sub-federal climate policy and public opinion on climate issues, including ongoing collaboration in the development of the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment (NSEE). He has also expanded research in the past few years to consider policy issues related to state and local development of shale gas resources and serves on the 2013-14 National Research Council Committee on Risk Management and Governance Issues in Shale Gas Development.

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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