- GOP-rep. Louie Gohmert asked an official from the National Forest Service if she could change the Earth and the moon’s orbit to tackle climate change.
- While Earth’s natural orbital shifts dictate climate shifts over tens of thousands of years, these changes do not contribute to global warming, according to NASA.
- The congressman has long rejected climate science, which proves that climate change is overwhelmingly due to human activity.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, asked a National Forest Service official whether federal land agencies could change the Earth̵
It is unclear whether Gohmert’s foreign affairs issues were serious or designed to put fun during Wednesday’s hearing for the subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands.
“I understand from what has been witnessed to the forest service and [Bureau of Land Management]”You would very much like to work on the issue of climate change,” said Gohmert. I was informed by the immediate former director of NASA that they found out that the moon’s orbit is changing a bit, and the same goes for the earth’s orbit around the sun. We know that there have been significant solar flare activities, and 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? It would, of course, have profound effects on our climate. “
Jennifer Eberlie, assistant vice president of NFS, took a few seconds before responding.
“I have to follow up on the one, Mr. Gohmert, ”she said, smiling.
Gohmert continued, “Yes? Well, if you’re figuring out how you and the Forest Service character can make that change, I want to know.”
Gohmert’s question is based on a false theory. While Earth’s natural orbital shifts dictate climate shifts over tens of thousands of years, these changes do not contribute to global warming, according to NASA.
Amid widespread criticism of his comments, Gohmert called reporting on his remarks “fake news” and said his reference to “BLM” stood for Bureau of Land Management. It is unclear why he clarified his use of the acronym, which is also used for the Black Lives Matter movement.
—Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) June 9, 2021
The congressman has long rejected climate science, proving that climate change is predominantly due to human activity. He argued that warm temperatures in Greenland during the Viking Age and cold temperatures in the 1970s disprove the scientific consensus on climate change.
“It seems that when you hear someone say over and over again that climate change is our biggest problem, they do not know that the climate has changed much worse throughout the millennia of humanity,” he told Breitbart News in 2016.
—Forbes (@Forbes) June 8, 2021