Remember all the way back in 2008 when candidate Barack Obama said this at his nomination speech:
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.
Yep. The nomination of Barack Obama was enough to counter climate change and heal the planet. Not one policy was implemented that could do that, if it could do that, but that didn’t matter. The right ideologue was chosen.
Fast forward to Florida today.
Red tide is devastating Southwest FL, killing marine life, making people sick & harming the economy. @FLGovScott‘s lack of leadership hasn’t solved the issue. As Governor, we‘ll take action & devote resources to solve the crisis.
— Mayor Philip Levine (@MayorLevine) August 11, 2018
Philip Levine was the Mayor of Miami and is running against Rick Scott. I have nothing for Scott, but this Tweet is total bullshit.
According to the microbiology lab at Carleton College, here are some facts about red tides.
What Causes Red Tide?
Major factors influencing red tide events include warm ocean surface temperatures, low salinity, high nutrient content, calm seas, and rain followed by sunny days during the summer months (NOAA). In addition, algae related to red tide can spread or be carried long distances by winds, currents, storms, or ships.
Anybody growing up in Florida on on the Eastern Seaboard might remember warnings about not going in the water during red tides. They happen this time of year, some times more, sometimes less. Warm water and lots of sunlight drive the blooms.
According to Levine, Scott’s lack of leadership has failed to solve the problem of red tides.
How? How is Scott supposed to stop the sun from rising early and setting late and warming the water?
Agricultural runoff does add nutrients to the water which exacerbates the blooms, but even then, this is a battle with one of Florida’s other largest economic drivers: farming.
Cattle, sugar cane, citrus, fruit, does Levine want to shut down Central Florida the way California politicians shut down the agriculture of the Central Valley of California over the delta smelt?
No governor can end a natural phenomenon. That is outside the powers of humanity. But that doesn’t sink in with Levine. If he wins, the red tide will end. Somehow. Maybe by destroying Florida’s agricultural sector in the deep Red areas of the state. Somehow.
It was one thing for Obama to claim victory over the oceans. We all know he was Democrat Jesus come to life. Now every Democrat politician seems to want to pull off the impossible by a wave of the hand and the promise of government action. They think they are gods.