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Extreme Weather Costs Taxpayers Billions Every Year

A hurricane’s wrath, the devastation of a wildfire, the unyielding torment of a drought, the terror of a flood: Extreme weather events have been dominating headlines in the United States this year. These events can be catastrophic for life and property — Hurricane Matthew killed at least 17 people in the U.S. and almost 900 in Haiti last week — and, as a new report shows, can also pose a staggering economic burden not just to communities impacted by a disaster but to an entire nation of taxpayers.
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