http://www.livescience.com/environment/060714_record_heat.html The average temperatures of the first half of 2006 were the highest ever recorded for the continental United States, scientists announced today. Temperatures for January through June were 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average. Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri experienced record warmth for the period, while no state experienced cooler-than-average temperatures, reported scientists from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. [Heat Map] Scientists have previously said that 2005 was the warmest year on record for the entire globe. *** I think we need to take global warming seriously. I'd rather risk wasting billions than risk leaving the children a catastrophe, and I also think the effort to fight global warming will result in new technologies and new jobs that will make it worth it.