WASHINGTON – If the U.S. Forest Service can do anything to change the orbits of the moon or earth, spokesman Louis Homert wants to know.
During a House hearing, Republican Tyle stumbled upon a senior agency official, asking her about the Forest Service’s ability to move celestial bodies, given his view that humanity could not otherwise improve the climate – for example, by reducing use. of fossil fuels.
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There was a noticeable break from Jennifer Eberlien, assistant deputy chief of the Forest Service, part of the Department of Agriculture, which manages 193 million acres nationwide around the Texas area.
BLM is actually part of the internal affairs department, which also does not deal with space research.
“I need to contact you on this, Mr. Homert,” Eberlien replied with a slight laugh.
“Well, if you understand how you from the Forest Service can make that change, I’d like to know,” Homert said.
The Tea Party’s Conservative was misled by an exchange that took place during the discussion of a bill by Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Liberal Democrat from Michigan, to report on the impact of holiday permits on “environmental justice communities.”
Moriba Ja, an astrodynamics expert and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, called Homer’s proposal “crazy” and “as feasible as to make the sun rise in the west.”
Satirical or not, Ja said, to hear someone in a position with such force “to make statements that are downright contemptuous of science … it makes me a little nervous.”
Social media users and Democrats also invaded.
“Captain Marvel,” tweeted spokesman Ted Liu, D-California. “It can change planetary orbits with its superpowers. I will work on a bilateral resolution asking for its help. “
“Louis Homert is an example of what happens when Texans wear their cowboy hats too tightly,” reads one message, while another critic believes that Homert “never disappoints in the Ministry of Madness.”
Gohmert’s office did not respond to requests for comment on whether it was satirical and he did not specify.
This is not the first time he has promoted theories that critics consider distant.
Homert repeatedly downplayed the January 6 attack on the Capitol and spread baseless allegations about the coronavirus. Last year, he said he did not need to wear a mask because he was tested regularly.
Astrophysicists have long noticed that the Earth’s orbital tilt has changed slightly over the eons.
Such “Milankovic cycles,” named after a Serbian scientist who studied the relationship between change and ice ages, have been used to explain long-term climate change.
But the scientific consensus is that the small changes of the 19th century cannot explain the dramatic and dangerous changes that led to more extreme heat waves, hurricanes and forest fires.
“Currently, the Earth is in an interglacial period (a period of milder climate between ice ages),” said a explanation from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “If there was no human influence on the climate, scientists say that the current orbital positions of the Earth during the Milankovic cycle predict that our planet should cool, not warm, continuing the long-term cooling trend that began before 6000 years. “