Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

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Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

Jo Vick, 74, recovers her husband’s shotgun and pistol as she searches the boat they had lived on in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 27, 2017, looking for anything salvageable after it was submerged by Hurricane Harvey. The Vicks made their home on the boat for the past seven years and had no insurance to replace it. “It’s time to move on,” said Vick about whether she would try to find a new home on another boat. “I just feel like there’s a reason I shouldn’t be there.”
A residential neighborhood sits next to an oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 28, just after the region was hit by Hurricane Harvey. Houston’s economy is tied to the petroleum industry more than in any other place in America: the concentration of people here employed by refineries is 81 times higher than the rest of the country. Though research suggests most in Jefferson County believe that humans have contributed to the warming of the globe, many struggle still to know what to expect their leaders to do about it without at the same time crippling their own economy.

Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

Jo Vick, 74, recovers her husband’s shotgun and pistol as she searches the boat they had lived on in Beaumont, Texas, on Sept. 27, 2017, looking for anything salvageable after it was submerged by Hurricane Harvey. The Vicks made their home on the boat for the past seven years and had no insurance to replace it. “It’s time to move on,” said Vick about whether she would try to find a new home on another boat. “I just feel like there’s a reason I shouldn’t be there.”
A residential neighborhood sits next to an oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 28, just after the region was hit by Hurricane Harvey. Houston’s economy is tied to the petroleum industry more than in any other place in America: the concentration of people here employed by refineries is 81 times higher than the rest of the country. Though research suggests most in Jefferson County believe that humans have contributed to the warming of the globe, many struggle still to know what to expect their leaders to do about it without at the same time crippling their own economy.
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