The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a new report indicating that July 2015 was the hottest month on record since such measurements began in 1880, reported CBS News. However, Republicans still deny climate change.

“Much of the globe was at record or near record for the month,” said Jake Crouch of NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. The global temperature last month was 1.46 degrees F warmer than the 20th century average for the month of July. It was 1.53 degrees F warmer than the yearly average.

Climate scientists say there is a 99 percent chance that 2015 will be the hottest year on record since 1880. NOAA researchers also said the one-third of the country is suffering from drought-like conditions, a 3.5 percent increase from the last 45 days.

For at least the last 15 years, the yearly global temperature has gotten increasingly warmer than each preceding year. Despite this evidence, Republican politicians who are bought by the fossil fuel industry continue to ignore the facts. Carbon emissions from dependency on fossil fuels is the top contributing factor to climate change.

The sooner that Washington accepts this fact, the planet will be better off.