Representative Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suggested during a congressional hearing that climate change could be tackled by altering the moon’s orbit, and asked a US Forest Service official if his agency could do anything thing to do.
Gohmert made the comments Tuesday during a House natural resources committee hearing on four pending bills, as he questioned Jennifer Eberlien of the forestry department of the Department of Agriculture.
“I understand, from what has been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you really want to work on the issue of climate change, ”Gohmert said.
“I was informed by the former director of NASA that they had discovered that the orbit of the moon was changing slightly, as was the orbit of the Earth around the sun. We know there has been a significant solar flare activity. And 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, this would have profound effects on our climate.
“I should follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” Eberlien replied with a smile.
“If you find out that there is a way in the forest service to make this change, I would like to know it,” Gohmert said.
Representative Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Offered his own solution to Gohmert on Twitter on Wednesday, suggesting that the Marvel Comics character Captain marvel could handle the job.
“She can alter planetary orbits with her superpowers. I’ll be working on a bipartisan resolution asking for her help,” Place tweeted.
As for the “immediate former NASA director” Gohmert referred to in his remarks, it would likely be Jim Bridenstine, a former Oklahoma congressman who had been skeptical of climate change, argued Humans have not been responsible for global warming for years. “Global temperature changes, where they exist, correlate with solar production and ocean cycles,” he said in remarks on the House floor in 2013.
He said that position changed in 2017, when then-President Donald Trump appointed him administrator of NASA. Bridenstine told the Washington Post that after hearing from experts and reading on the subject, “I myself have come to the conclusion that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that we have put a lot of it into. atmosphere and therefore we have contributed to the global warming that we have seen. And we did it in a very meaningful way. “
Bridenstine could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
Gohmert is a staunch opponent of Democrats’ plans to tackle climate change and has previously said he doesn’t think it is a man-made problem.
“We can’t do anything substantial about climate change right now, while the moon’s orbit is apparently changing, Earth’s orbit is changing, according to NASA,” he said. he told Fox Business Network last month.
A NASA spokesperson did not return a call for comment, but the agency has long said man-made carbon dioxide emissions are the cause of the current global warming.
“The Earth’s climate has changed throughout history,” the agency’s website says.
“Most of these climate changes are attributed to very small variations in Earth’s orbit that alter the amount of solar energy our planet receives,” but, according to the site, “the current warming trend is particularly significant because most are extremely likely (more than 95% probability) to be the result of human activity since the middle of the 20th century and to progress at a rate not seen in millennia. ”