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Should the future be discounted? Lessons from Hanford and the atom bomb creation

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Discounting the future is an economic tool to reflect the present day value of a projected benefit or harm to society, and is often used when considering investments for future environmental benefits or damage. Using the Hanford nuclear cleanup effort (which will be the world’s largest radioactive waste treatment plant upon completion in 2020) as an example, Kelsey will discuss how history has proven the need for new economic models.

This talk is part of the Ivory Tower Society, Pembroke College series.

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