January 17, 2013:
Many scientists believe that global warming is the greatest threat facing our planet, negatively impacting the lives of billions of people. Yet Congress is not acting and the media is largely ignoring it. Last year was the hottest on record in the United States. Worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record, the government reported Tuesday. In the U.S. and around the world, we are seeing an unprecedented level of extreme weather disturbances.
In Congress, most Republicans believe that global warming is a “hoax,” and few are prepared to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In terms of media, amazingly, all last year there was one six-second mention of global warming on NBC’s Meet the Press, according to Media Matters. ABC’s This Week had the most comprehensive coverage, relatively speaking, with about 5 minutes of global warming discussion.
To Bernie, “the scientific data is clear that global warming is real and significantly caused by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels.” In February, he will introduce the most sweeping global warming legislation in congressional history. “Every day that we delay in addressing this crisis is a day that further endangers our planet. We must act and act now,” Bernie said.