This week we saw that almost half of the United States Senate doesn’t believe in man-made climate change.

Not surprisingly, every single Senator who voted against the amendment affirming that humans are primarily responsible for climate change is a Republican. Only a handful of Republican Senators voted alongside their Democratic colleagues on behalf of basic accepted science.

At this point, denying that humans are the primary cause of climate change is like denying evolution or the theory of gravity. It’s a known fact.

It also just so happens to be the greatest public policy crisis of the 21st century, with dramatic implications for the ability of humanity and the rest of the world’s species to survive and thrive in the coming decades.

Today, we look back on the opponents of, say, Medicare or the Civil Rights Act with a particular sense of disgust and shame. That outrage will be multiplied exponentially in the coming decades against politicians who refused to accept and act on basic climate science.

Which means that almost every current Republican Senator will deserve the modern American equivalent of damnatio memoriae during their children’s lifetimes, and perhaps even their own.

One has to wonder if that’s truly worth it to them. I suppose it must be.

David Atkins

Follow David on Twitter @DavidOAtkins. David Atkins is a writer, activist and research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.