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Soaring Flood Insurance Rates: Should Congress Step In?

Start/End Wednesday, December 04, 2013 07:00 PM EST -- 09:00 PM EST
Location Name JGH 106

Shortly before Superstorm Sandy, Congress amended the federal flood insurance law to require rates to reflect true flood risk, making the program more financially stable. This is leading to soaring rates in many communities. Some homeowners are being forced to choose between raising their homes on stilts and going without insurance. Bills are pending in Congress to roll back the rate hikes. Proponents say this is needed to keep homes affordable; opponents say it would increase vulnerability to rising seas and require massive federal subsidies. Both sides of the controversy will be aired in this public forum.

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Howard Kunreuther

James G. Dinan Professor and Co-Director, Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sergej Mahnovski, Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability

Joshua Saks, Legislative Director, National Advocacy Center, National Wildlife Federation

Steve Ellis, Vice President, Taxpayers for Common Sense


Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice and Director, Center for Climate Change Law

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