Alaska is ‘Canary in Coal Mine’ on Global Warming
At a Senate hearing on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders called Alaska the “canary in the coal mine” on climate change and cited threats to Native American communities from rising seas as a result of global warming.
The village of Newtok, Alaska, near the Arctic Circle, may be underwater by 2017, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sanders noted. More than 180 other native Alaskan villages also are at risk because of climate change, Sanders added.
“Some of you are in favor of more production of fossil fuel which is ultimately destroying the very communities you live in. That does not make a lot of sense to me,” Sanders asked witnesses at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.