It’s been three years since the U.S. Senate talked about the climate: three years in which the already solid scientific understanding of what all our carbon-burning is doing to the planet further strengthened. Three years in which our chances to change the dangerous vector we’re on narrowed. Three years in which every single one of us got three years closer to the parched, scorched, desolate future we’re barreling towards.

So when the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee finally held hearings on this subject yesterday, did it sound the alarm? Did it call for action? Did it put forth concrete proposals for change?

No, it did not. Watch:

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Videos like this will make for bitterly, ruefully funny viewing a couple decades from now.

[Video courtesy our partners at the Climate Desk.]