Imagine Pat Robertson and NASA agreeing on anything. The anti-scientist and the pure manifestation of science are on the same page. Pat Robertson recently spoke on Global Warming on the 700 Club television spectacle, saying,
They are defending the society. But I tell you stay in doors ladies and gentleman. Stay cool. Get fans or whatever. And the poor, they need emergency fans and ice to cool down — the number of people dead. I have not been one who believed in the global warming. But I tell you, they are making a convert out of me as these blistering summers. They have broken heat records in a number of cities already this year and broken all-time records and it is getting hotter and the ice caps are melting and there is a build up of carbon dioxide in the air. We really need to address the burning of fossil fuels. If we are contributing to the destruction of the planet we need to do manage about it.
NASA has created a visual of temperature change since 1880. James E. Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said, “We know the planet is absorbing more energy than it is emitting. So we are continuing to see a trend toward higher temperatures. Even with the cooling effects of a strong La Niña influence and low solar activity for the past several years, 2011 was one of the 10 warmest years on record.”
Tom Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, explained that individual years must be taken in the context of trends. “It would be premature to make any conclusion that we would see any hiatus of the longer-term warming trend,” he said. “Global temperatures are continuing to increase.”
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