Interesting, though, that the hottest temperatures occurred nearly a century ago (Libya 136 F and Death Valley USA 134 F). Today? Both Death Valley and Baghdad went up to 119 F.
Thomas Friedman, in his typically astute manner, blames the U.S. Senate for preventing passage of the House-passed climate change bill, and specifically points out that the discussion should focus on how passage should be a future jobs issue. While I agree with him, I still don't think anything useful will become law until temperatures approaching that of Libya become common and hundreds of millions die, somewhat detailed in my 10% Simple Solution for Peace. As global warming is a slow process, this will not happen for centuries, and by then, it will be too late to legislate anything. We seem doomed.