Don Fullerton

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 Global warming could cause hundreds of deaths in the Chicago area by the year 2080 — if preventive policies aren't enacted. That’s according to a report by the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Maureen McKinney recently spoke with Julian Reif, an economist, who is one of the study's authors. He says not only could there be substantial loss of life because of  consequences of global warming — but the costs associated could reach hundreds of millions of dollars.

To read the report, go to igpa.uillinois.edu.

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Don Fullerton is associate director of IGPA for Urbana-Champaign and a member of the IGPA faculty. He is an expert on tax policy, energy and environmental policy issues. Julian Reif is an expert in health economics and policy.

They wrote the following op-ed.

Last year, the Panzier Lane bridge in Jefferson County collapsed while a truck was driving over it. The driver was unharmed, but as reconstruction began last month, officials estimated it will cost more than half a million dollars to repair.

Don Fullerton
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 Don Fullerton, a finance professor at the University of Illinois and a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department, served as co-author of a chapter of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report, which was released this spring.