A Fickle Pat Robertson Finds Himself On the Road to Damascus

Thu, 2006-08-03 13:01Ross Gelbspan
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A Fickle Pat Robertson Finds Himself On the Road to Damascus

The Rev. Pat Robertson said he hasn't been a believer in global warming in the past, but this summer's record-breaking heat is “making a convert out of me.”  And only a week ago, he bashed godless environmentalists in a session with scorched-earth skeptic James Inhofe. Said Robertson about Inhofe:  “We appreciate him, and he chairs a vital committee on this matter, and I’m glad he’s standing for some very important principles.” 

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Minor point: Robertson’s not a reverend. Common misperception, but he’s not. Check www.patrobertson.com for his biography.

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