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Michael Curley: "Paying for Tomorrow"

Nov 15, 2018

Curley's book tackles the question of financing environmental protection.
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Whether it’s curbing climate-wrecking carbon emissions, cleaning up toxic industrial wastes or reducing the pollution of our lakes and streams, being good stewards of the environment is an expensive proposition.

Tom is joined by Michael Curley, a lawyer, environmental finance expert and a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington DC.  He’s served as senior financial advisor to both the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Resources Institute.  He also contributes monthly essays about the environment to WYPR.

In his latest book, Paying for Tomorrow: Maintaining Our Quality of Life, Curley addresses some important questions facing our modern society, including: Who should foot the bill for environmental protections and fixes when their costs can run into the billions of dollars.  And how do we finance these burdensome, but essential responsibilities fairly, and efficiently?

This conversation was live-streamed on WYPR's Facebook page.  It is the first of three segments in today's stream.  You can watch the video here, running from 0:00 to 31:30.