In 'remarkable shift,' 4 out of 5 Texans say climate change is real. Now what?

During his time representing Fort Worth in the Texas House, Lon Burnam recalls a member of the governor’s staff issuing a stern warning: Keep the words “climate change” in a piece of legislation, and the bill will be “dead on arrival.” A lot has changed since Burnam, a Democrat, left office in 2015 and became the chair of the Tarrant Coalition on Environmental Awareness. In a “remarkable shift from the past,” a University of Houston study published in December found that 81% of Texans agree that climate change is happening. That result, from a survey of 500 Texans conducted in October, now mat…

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