Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert asked a senior U.S. government official if the change in the moon’s orbit around Earth, or Earth’s orbit around the sun, could be a solution to climate change.
Oddly, the question was not asked of anyone from NASA or even the Pentagon. Instead, a senior forestry service official was asked during a House natural resources committee hearing on Tuesday.
Speaking to Jennifer Eberlien, deputy deputy head of the National Forest Service, Gohmert asked if it was possible to change the orbits of the moon or the earth to combat climate change.
“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, adding that a former director of NASA once told him that the orbits of the Moon and Earth were indeed changing.
“We know there has been significant solar flare activity, and so … is there anything the National Forest Service or the BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or of the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Asked Gohmert. “Obviously this would have profound effects on our climate. “
Eberlien said she should “follow up with you on this, Mr. Gohmert.”
“Well, if you find a way for the Forest Service to make that change, I’d love to know about it,” Gohmert added.
Although it appeared to be quite serious, some observers have postulated that Gohmert seeks to express the belief that climate change is a phenomenon of natural changes in the orbits of celestial bodies, and therefore any further effort to remedy it would be in vain.
Gohmert’s question comes three years after a congressional science, space and technology committee hearing focused on how technology could be deployed for climate change adaptation, heard by the Republican of the ‘Alabama Mo Brooks on sea level rise.
Brooks put forward a theory that land erosion plays an important role in sea level rise, including silt from the world’s major rivers and rocks along the California coast and the falling White Cliffs of Dover in the sea.
“Anytime you have this soil or rock or whatever settles in the seas, it forces the sea level to rise, because now you have less space in these oceans, because the bottom is rising.” Brooks said.