Drought conditions continue to worsen nationwide.
A couple of weeks ago, former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said his party will have no choice but to "eventually" come around on climate change -- the facts, he said, will simply "overwhelm" Republican resistance.
The facts, I'm afraid, are still losing. Just recently, Republicans have heard from Dr. Richard Muller; they've seen the satellite footage from Greenland; they've been confronted with national drought conditions and wildfires; and they've seen brutally-high, record-breaking temperatures. Joe Romm noted yesterday, "July saw 3,135 new daily high temperature records in the U.S. -- over 100 per day. That overwhelmed new cold records by a factor of nearly 17 to 1."
Inglis' optimism notwithstanding, Republicans don't seem overwhelmed.
GOP lawmakers say this year's harsh weather that has produced devastating wildfires and the most widespread drought in 50 years has not changed their minds on climate change.
With more than a month left, the summer of 2012 is on pace to be one of the three hottest since 1950, according to an analysis by WeatherBank and AccuWeather. In June, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the preceding 12 months in the continental U.S. had been the warmest since record keeping began.
Many Republicans on Capitol Hill point out that weather is inherently cyclical.
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) argued on the Senate floor, "It gets cold, it gets warmer, it gets colder, gets warmer. God is still up there, and I think it'll continue in the future."
History will not be kind.