NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) -- Pamela Bullard says she sees climate change with her own eyes, and feels it when she swims in local waters.

"I've noticed how fast the water temperature's rising," said Bullard, of Dartmouth. "And I can remember in this area when we were kids, the water might've been 65 and now it can be 75."

A new Washington Post report confirms her worst fears: the Northeast -- and specifically Southern New England -- is an epicenter of climate change in America, with temperatures rising faster than almost anywhere else in the continental US.

Against that backdrop, US Senator Ed Markey, who sponsors the Green New Deal with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez held a town hall in New Bedford.

"The waters off our coast, they're warming faster than just about any other place in the world," Markey said. "And the impacts on us could be catastrophic. So we have to take preventative care in order to preserve our fishing industry, our tourism, and that's going to be a deployment of renewable energy."

But some in the audience say Markey is dodging questions about cost.

And others say the Green New Deal is too radical.

"I think there's a possibility that it's going to be too progressive," said Leslie Lawrence of Dartmouth, "and if Democrats go down that road, that it's something that can't be executed."

Still many in attendance said we must take action now.

"I'm concerned it might alienate people," said James Nauen of Carver. "However, I don't think we have a choice."

The Green New Deal resolution was shot down by the Senate, but lives on in the House.