As the political party committed to climate change denial and maximum exploitation of fossil fuels gets more and more excited about its prospects of winning total power in the United States and chasing all those nasty pagan environmentalists out of their jobs, it’s worth noting this new data from NOAA, via The Hill’s Ben Geman:

Federal data released Thursday show the United States has had its warmest spring, it’s warmest year to date, and warmest 12-month stretch on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing that temperatures during the March-May period in the contiguous United States were far above average, according to records dating back over a century.

Now I don’t want to behave like those conservatives who get all giddy every winter when it snows, claiming that somehow refutes those pointing to the vast evidence of climate change. But the new numbers are a reminder that what we are doing to our earth can’t be wished away by any amount of ideology and spin. Effect follows cause, and ignoring it just raises the eventual cost, which is already potentially catastrophic.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.