Al Roker Uses Weather Report to Get on Climate Change Soapbox

On Tuesday’s NBC Today, Al Roker used an 8 a.m. ET hour weather report to mount his climate change soapbox and issue a dire warning to viewers: “Well, it has been a really hot year and it just continues. 15 consecutive months of record warmth, global temperatures....But look what happens if we project out to 2050, look at how much further you start to see that deep red of 50-plus days above 100.”

The weather map on screen displayed statistics from the climate change activist group Climate Central. Roker continued with the doomsday predictions: “And by 2100, New York City could see, on average, 16 days above 100 degrees. Atlanta could be looking at 39 days over 100 degrees for a year. In Chicago, 26 days of 100-plus. Dallas would see 98 days.” He then called for action: “And Las Vegas, by 2100, 138 days a year of 100-plus temperatures if we don't do something to change this outcome.”

NBC has routinely seized on weather events to push the climate change agenda over the years. In 2013, Roker could not hide his disgust over a poll showing people were skeptical of the meteorological theory: “But 37 percent said, 37 percent of these people don't believe in global warming! They think it's a hoax....Okay, two words: Superstorm Sandy!”

Here is a full transcript of the August 23 report:

8:15 AM ET

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Let's go inside now, Al’s got a check of the weather.

AL ROKER: Guys, thanks so much. Well, it has been a really hot year and it just continues. 15 consecutive months of record warmth, global temperatures. And if we continue on this trend, look at this, the days above 100 on average between 1991 and 2010, you can see mostly – for the most part it is in the southwest.

But look what happens if we project out to 2050, look at how much further you start to see that deep red of 50-plus days above 100. And by 2100, New York City could see, on average, 16 days above 100 degrees. Atlanta could be looking at 39 days over 100 degrees for a year. In Chicago, 26 days of 100-plus. Dallas would see 98 days. And Las Vegas, by 2100, 138 days a year of 100-plus temperatures if we don't do something to change this outcome.

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