- GOP spokesman Louis Homert asked an employee of the National Forest Service if he could change the orbit of the Earth and the Moon to cope with climate change.
- While natural orbital changes on Earth have dictated climate change for 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 primarily caused by human activity.
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Representative Louis Gomert, a Republican from Texas, asked a National Forest Service official if federal earth agencies could change the orbit of the Earth and the moon to deal with climate change.
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“I understand from what was witnessed before the Forest Service and [Bureau of Land Management]”You really want to work on climate change,” Homer said. I was informed by the immediate former director of NASA that they found that the moon’s orbit was changing slightly, as was the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know that there are significant solar flares, so is there anything the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the lunar orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, this would have profound consequences for our climate. “
Jennifer Eberley, NFS’s assistant deputy chief, took a few seconds to respond.
“I need to contact you on this, Mr. Homert,” she said, smiling.
Homer continued, “Yes? Well, if you understand the way you and the forester can make that change, I’d like to know.”
Gohmert’s question is based on a false theory. While natural orbital changes on Earth have dictated climate change for tens of thousands of years, these changes do not contribute to global warming, according to NASA.
Amid widespread criticism of his comments, Homer called the reporting of his remarks “fake news” and said his reference to “BLM” meant “Land Management Bureau”. It is not clear why he clarified the use of the abbreviation, which is also used for the Black Lives Matter movement.
-Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) June 9, 2021
The congressman has long rejected climate science, arguing that climate change is primarily caused by human activity. He argues 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 that climate change is our biggest problem, they don’t know that the climate is changing much worse in all the millennia of humanity,” he told Breitbart News in 2016. г.
—Forbes (@Forbes) June 8, 2021