Does RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse know how tides work?

Just landed in #Florida. Thanks @BrowardCounty & Mayor @JackSeiler for hosting me as we survey the effects of #climatechange. #ActOnClimate

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) October 8, 2014

@SenWhitehouse @BrowardCounty @JackSeiler what effects?

— J. Collings (@RightOne40) October 8, 2014

Seems like he’s saying that the tides are part of the climate.

It's the time of year our coasts experience their highest tides called #KingTide, so I'm in SE #FL to see the effects pic.twitter.com/VQwbJx9XWX

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) October 9, 2014

MT "@Nature_Florida: Touring New River, @FTLCityNews w/Mayor @JackSeiler & @SenWhitehouse to see #KingTide in action pic.twitter.com/v93lIB3mfV

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) October 9, 2014

Amazing to see salt water flowing up through storm drains here in #FL. #KingTide #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/u0FtcESTIe

— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) October 9, 2014

There’s a picture of the Senator verifying that it is indeed water coming from the storm drain. (What did we pay for this boondoggle?)

“King Tide” occurs when the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun all align in such a way that the increased gravitational pull causes an extreme high tide which can do damage to structures close to the water.  Every C student in Earth Science knows that gravity causes tides.

Tagging pictures of a king tide with #ActOnClimate is likely intended to make some people think that the extreme tide is caused by climate change. For those who don’t default to that, you can make the claim that this predictable cyclical event will be made more extreme by the global warming that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades. The scare mongering then justifies higher taxes and more government power.

@SenWhitehouse how bout gov. balance a budget for once. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps.

— James (@JamesN903) October 9, 2014

They can’t do that. They’ll have you believe they can alter the entire planet but they can’t do arithmetic.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/08/does-ri-senator-sheldon-whitehouse-know-how-tides-work/

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