By Brad Friedman on 8/1/2013, 1:55pm PT  

This video, which visualizes deviations from global average surface temperatures going back to when we started keeping records of it in the late 1800s, comes from those "conspiracy theorists" at NASA. Please watch it. It's only 27 seconds long.

Then remind me again how, as fossil-fuel industry tool Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) likes to say lie, "global warming is a hoax!"...

[Hat-tip Chris Hayes.]

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CLARIFICATION: For those, such as commenter Scott Billingsley below, who may have misunderstood the video above, or failed to read the information link on the video itself describing what the visualized data actually is, allow me to clarify...

The colors seen in the video represent the deviations from "the average global temperature from the mid-20th century," as NASA explains. In other words, the deep red seen in the arctic at the top of the map at the end of the video represents how much warmer than the mid-century average temperature it is there now. It is not meant to represent, as Billingsley snarks below (adding "All I ever ask for is the truth"), that "According to the video, it is far hotter now where the glaciers are than the equator or places like the Sahara desert."

I had thought all of that would be obvious, even to the most knee-jerk of denialists --- who, apparently, should never be misunderestimated --- but apparently not. So, I've slightly modified my description at the top of this article in hopes of making that clearer.