Bernie Sanders: ‘The Arctic is on Fire;” Weather Service: It’s 45 Degrees Below Zero in North Alaska Staff | February 7, 2020 | 1:49pm EST
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A snowman in Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 2019. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)
A snowman in Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 2019. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.-Vt.) says on the website for his presidential campaign that “[c]limate change is a global emergency” and “the Arctic is on fire.”

By contrast, the National Weather Service is reporting today that it is 45 degrees below zero in Nuiqsuit, which is in northern Alaska.

The weather service is predicting that the high today in that part of Alaska will be 44 degrees below zero and the low will be 47 degrees below zero.

“Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire,” Sanders says on his website.

“People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives,” says the website.

“Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately,” the website says.

“The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations,” says the Sanders website.

To read the full text of the webpage on Sanders’s website that explains his “Green New Deal,” click here.

Below is a screen capture of the National Weather Service webpage for Nuiqsuit, Alaska, that was taken at about 1:45 p.m. Eastern time on Feb. 7, 2020:



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