Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, suggested at a congressional hearing that climate change could combat changes in the moon’s orbit. and asked officials from the US Forest Service if there was anything her agency could do.
Gohmert made the comments Tuesday during the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee hearing on four pending bills as he investigates Jennifer Eberlien of the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
“I understand from what I have witnessed to the Royal Forest Department and the BLM. [Bureau of Land Management]You really want to work on climate change,” Gohmert said.
“I was told by former NASA directors in the past that they found that the moon̵7;s orbit has changed slightly and so has the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there is significant solar flare activity, and is there anything that the National Forest Service (BLM) can change the direction of the moon or Earth’s orbit around the sun? It is clearly having a profound impact on our climate.”
“I must have followed you on that, Mr. Gomert,” Aberlian replied with a smile.
“If you know of a forestry service you can do, I’d like to know,” Gohmert said.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., offered a solution to Gohmert on Twitter on Wednesday, suggesting that Marvel Comics’ character Captain Marvel could handle the task.
“She can change the orbits of planets with her special powers. I will try to resolve the issue of both sides for her assistance,” Lieu tweeted.
Gohmert immediately addressed the “former NASA director,” most likely Jim Bridenstine, a former Oklahoma congressman who had been skeptical of climate change. It was argued years ago that humans are not responsible for global warming. “Global temperature change when it relates to sunlight and ocean cycles,” he said in a 2013 homegrown observation.
He said the position evolved in 2017 when then-President Donald Trump named him administrator for NASA. Bridenstine told the Washington Post that after hearing from experts and reading the topic, “I concluded that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that we put into the atmosphere a lot, so we contribute to it. We’ve seen global warming and we’ve done it in really important ways.”
Bridenstine could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Gohmert is an outspoken opponent of Democrats’ plans to fight climate change. And had previously said that he did not believe this was a man-made problem.
“We can’t do anything concrete about climate change right now. When the moon’s orbit changes something. Earth’s orbit is also partially changing, according to NASA,” he told Fox Business Network last month.
A NASA spokesperson did not call for comment. But the agency has long pointed out that man-made carbon emissions are the cause of today’s global warming.
“The world’s climate has changed throughout history,” the agency’s website said.
“Most climate change is caused by little variability in Earth’s orbit that changes the amount of solar energy our planet receives,” but the website says. “The current global warming trend is particularly important because most of it is highly likely (more than 95 percent probability) as a result of human activity since the mid-20th century and is progressing at an unprecedented rate. before in a thousand years.”