POLITICO: "How FEMA Helps White and Rich Americans Escape Floods"
Senior Fellow Leonard Shabman shares his two cents with POLITICO and E&E News in an investigative story about systemic inequality in FEMA flood adaptation measures.
FEMA’s own reports show that people with federal flood insurance have nearly twice the income as people without it. In flood-prone states such as Louisiana and Texas, the disparity is even greater.
“Very few low-income people buy flood insurance,” said Leonard Shabman, a senior fellow at Resources for the Future who chaired a congressionally mandated committee that studied the affordability of flood insurance.
“In many parts of the country, low-income people are not property owners, they are renters. So right away you begin to see where this is going,” Shabman added.
Resources Radio — Jan 24, 2023
Measuring Scholarly Diversity in Environmental and Resource Economics, with Neha Khanna and Nick Kuminoff
Neha Khanna and Nick Kuminoff discuss what scholarly diversity looks like in the field of environmental and resource economics.
On the Issues — Jan 20, 2023
On the Issues: Big Decisions in 2023, Benefits of Electric Vehicles, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: big decisions in 2023, benefits of electric vehicles, and more.
Testimony and Public Comments — Jan 18, 2023
Comments to EPA on the IRA’s Transportation Programs
To the Environmental Protection Agency on the Request for Information related to the Inflation Reduction Act's Transportation Programs.
Media Highlight — Jan 15, 2023
The Weather Channel: "Hurricane-Hit Florida Neighborhoods the Latest Site of Gentrification According to Study"
This video segment outlines the findings of a study coauthored by Fellow Yanjun (Penny) Liao about the gentrifying effects of hurricanes on Florida housing markets.