Remember how it snowed a lot in February and Glenn Beck issued an "Amber Alert" for Al Gore, because obviously seasonal weather patterns debunk Gore's global warming hoax? (Beck crowed, "Well, the snow is hammering Washington D.C. again. I believe God is just saying, 'I got your global warming here, eh?'") Well, those loony left-wing scientists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies are now saying [pdf] that the global surface temperature in 2010 is already hotter than any year on record. The report, which concludes that "that there has been no reduction in the global warming trend of 0.15-0.20°C/decade that began in the late 1970s," also addresses civilization's inability to deal with the crisis, thanks to demagogues like Beck:

The task of alleviating the communication obstacle posed by politicization is formidable. The difficulty is compounded by continual attacks on the credibility of scientists. Polls indicate that the attacks have been effective in causing many members of the public to doubt the reality of global warming. Given this situation, the best hope may be repeated clear description of the science and passage of sufficient time to confirm validity of the description.

A problem with that prescription is the danger that the climate system could pass tipping points that cause major climate changes to proceed largely out of humanity's control.

In Washington, Senate Democratic leaders now say they will bring a climate bill to the floor for a vote by the end of the month. Politico reports that "the bill will have four parts: an oil spill response; a clean-energy and job-creation title based on work done in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; a tax package from the Senate Finance Committee; and a section that deals with greenhouse gas emissions from the electric utility industry."

According to Grist, "Of all sectors of the U.S. economy, electric utilities are the biggest emitter." And the bill's "oil-spill response section is the timely political hook... Reid, John Kerry, and other leaders hope a few Republicans will feel compelled to vote for drilling safeguards during the summer of the Gulf gusher—or pay an electoral cost if they don't."