He had funding from the Koch brothers. He looked all the way back to data compiled by founding fathers Ben Franklin and Thomas Jeferson.

With that kind of tea party expectation, you'd think physicist Richard Mueller would be ready to dismiss global warming as real hot air once and for all.

Not the case.

Turns out Mueller's research over the last two years reaches the same conclusion espoused by an overwhelming majority of the scientific community: the world's getting warmer.

His findings line up with those of NOAA and NASA, which agree that the land is about 1.6 degrees warmer than it was during the 1950s.

Mueller is still lukewarm as to the causes of global warming, however. His study did not scrutinize the impact of greenhouse gasses generated by fossil fuels, specifically.

But to his credit, he did note that "makes sense to reduce the carbon dioxide created by fossil fuels."

Perhaps now we can move past the decades of climate-change denier distraction, and get down to dealing with the crisis.

Read more about Muller's findings via today's Associated Press story.