According to acclaimed scientist Bernie Sanders, many of the world’s major cities will sink into the ocean like the mythical land of Atlantis if we don’t “do something” about climate change. Distorting even the most dire reports from the global warming alarmists, Sanders insisted that this apocalyptic future would arrive before the next decade is finished.

Asked by moderators at Wednesday night’s debate what America will do “in decades” to avoid the worst effects of a changing climate, Sanders went full-on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which is never an advisable move.

“You talked about the need to make climate change a national emergency. I’ve introduced legislation to just do that. Now, I disagree with the thrust of the original question because your question has said, ‘What with we going to do in decades?’ We don’t have decades,” Sanders argued. “What the scientists are telling us, if we don’t get our act together within the next 8 or 9 years, we’re talking about cities all over the world, major cities, going under water. We’re talking about increased drought. We’re talking about increased extreme weather disturbances. The United Nations is telling us that, in the years to come, there are going to be hundreds of millions of climate refugees causing national security issues all over the world.”

Sanders went on to make the case for destroying the fossil fuel industry through prosecutions.

“What we have got to do tonight, and I will do as president, is to tell the fossil fuel industry that their short-term profits are not more important than the future of this planet,” he said. “And, by the way, the fossil fuel industry is probably criminally liable, because they have lied and lied and lied when they had the evidence that their carbon products were destroying the planet, and maybe we should think about prosecuting them as well.”

Yes, let’s prosecute the energy sector that has been responsible for helping turn America into a global powerhouse, an economic leader, and a beacon of light and liberty for the world.

Sanders’ dire predictions are on the absurd end of the spectrum, but that’s nothing new for the environmental whackos on the left.

He’s following in the proud tradition of Harvard biologist George Wald, who claimed in 1970 that “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

Or maybe he was thinking of John Holdren, the author who said in 1977 that climate change could starve 1 billion people around the world by 2020.

Or perhaps he was carrying the torch lit by Al Gore, who said in 2006 that our coasts would be watery graves “in the near future.”

Unfortunately for the left, which has been perpetrating this panic for more than 40 years, Americans have watched these predictions fail time and time again. So yeah, maybe Miami will be underwater by 2027, and we’ll owe Mr. Sanders an apology.

But somehow, we kinda doubt it.