The next time some climate hysteric talks about global warming “deniers,” maybe they could include a smidgeon of criticism for loons like Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

CNS News:

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) warns sports stadiums are at risk from the “sea level rise effects of climate change,” and that climate change specifically threatens hockey and skiing.

“We see significant sports facilities, the palaces of – of sport that are at risk from the storm, climate, sea-level rise effects of climate change,” Sen. Whitehouse said today following a closed-door climate discussion with executives from the NFL, NHL and NBA.

He said the threat to hockey is that people will no longer be able to play outdoors on frozen ponds:

“Without cold enough weather for frozen ponds, the kind of hockey that you play out of doors with your friends gets a little bit harder to achieve.”

Whitehouse also suggested climate change will prevent his family from continuing to go skiing in Rhode Island:

“I took my kids skiing at Yawgoo Valley ski slopes in Rhode Island. The New York Times recently reported that we can expect all the ski slopes in Connecticut and Massachusetts to be gone.

“Obviously, given Rhode Island’s location, if that’s true of Connecticut and Massachusetts, that will also be unfortunately true of Rhode Island.”

The problem with nutters like Whitehouse is that they assume people in coastal cities where these sports stadiums would supposedly be at risk of being inundated would stand stupidly and watch as the water reached their ankles, then lapped at their knees, then rolled over their shoulders, until, still standing like a stone, watched as the water rose over their heads.

Human beings really are clever creatures and we figured out long ago how to deal with sea level. Just ask the Dutch. For 900 years, they’ve kept the North Sea at bay by building a system of dikes that has reclaimed land once under water.

If the sea level rises any significant amount (it was already rising as a result of warming going on for the last 15,000 years), there are means — some, surprisingly inexpensive — to keep most of the water out.

If global warming advocates want to be taken seriously, they’re going to have to muzzle idiots like Senator Whitehouse.