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Johnson Distinguished Visitor Barry Rabe ’79 presents ‘Can We Price Carbon?’

Time: 7:00pm CDT April 10

Location: Todd Wehr Center, Jockey A and B

Professor Barry Rabe ’79, a noted expert on the political economy of climate change, returns to Carthage April 10 as a Johnson Distinguished Visitor.

Prof. Rabe will present research findings from his newly published book, “Can We Price Carbon?” (MIT Press). Drawing on a series of real-world attempts to price carbon over the last two decades in North America, Europe, and Asia, he offers the first major political science analysis of the sustainability of carbon tax and cap-and-trade policies.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Todd Wehr Center. The event is presented through the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program, through funds provided by the SC Johnson Endowment.

About Prof. Barry Rabe

Prof. Rabe is the J. Ira and Nikki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy, at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. There, he  teaches public policy and environmental policy and directs the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. He also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan think tank whose research is widely cited by federal legislators and journalists.

In September 2017, the American Political Science Association presented Prof. Rabe the Martha Derthick Best Book Award. The award recognized one of Prof. Rabe’s previous books, “Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Emerging Politics of American Climate Change Policy,” for long-lasting contributions to the study of federalism and intergovernmental relations.

Prof. Rabe has served on a variety of advisory boards, most recently as chair of the Assumable Waters subcommittee for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Journalists regularly interview him about developments in carbon pricing, fracking, and other environmental topics.

An undergraduate history major, Prof. Rabe holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. In 2014, Carthage presented him the Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award.

If you have any questions, please contact Mardell Fisher at: or 262-551-2137.

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Location: Todd Wehr Center, Jockey A and B