Louie Gohmert Asks Official To Consider Altering The Moon’s Orbit To Help Combat Climate Change

  • Rep. Louie Gohmert suggested that climate change could be fixed by altering the orbit of the moon and asked a U.S. Forest Service official to look into it.
  • “I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said at the hearing.
  • “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate,” Gohmert asked.

Dareh Gregorian from NBC News writes:

“Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suggested at a congressional hearing that climate change could be combatted by altering the orbit of the moon and asked a U.S. Forest Service official whether there was any way the agency could do it.

Gohmert made the comments Tuesday during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on four bills as he was questioning Jennifer Eberlien, an associate deputy chief of the Forest Service.

“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said, referring to the Bureau of Land Management.

“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they’ve found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activity,” he said. “And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.”

Eberlien responded, smiling, “I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”

“If you figure out there’s a way in the Forest Service you could make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert said.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., offered his own solution to Gohmert on Twitter on Wednesday, suggesting that Marvel Comics’ character Captain Marvel could handle the job.

“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’m going to work on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Lieu tweeted.

As for the “immediate past director of NASA” Gohmert referred to in his remarks, that would probably be Jim Bridenstine, a former member of Congress from Oklahoma who had been a climate change skeptic, who argued years ago that humans aren’t responsible for global warming.

“Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with sun output and ocean cycles,” he said in remarks on the House floor in 2013…”

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