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U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, appeared to stun a forest service official by suggesting the agency tackle climate change by changing the orbits of the Earth or the Moon.

The question came during a live meeting of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee of the National Resources Committee on Tuesday and was followed by social media mockery.

“I understand from what has been testified, the Forest Service and the (Bureau of Land Management), you really want to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert began his question to Jennifer Eberlein, the deputy deputy chief of the National Forest System.

Gohmert said he understood that data from NASA showed that the orbits of the Earth and the Moon were “changing slightly.”

“So, is there anything the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate. “





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