Texas Republican Congressman Louis Homert asked a senior U.S. government official whether changing the Earth’s orbit around the Earth or the Earth’s orbit around the Sun could be a solution to climate change.
Strangely, the question was not asked to anyone by NASA or even the Pentagon. Instead, it was requested by a senior forest service official during a hearing on the Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday.
Speaking to Jennifer Eberlien, assistant deputy chief of the National Forest Service, Homert asked if it was possible to change the orbits of the moon or earth as a way to combat climate change.
“I understand from what has been witnessed before the Forest Service and BLM [Bureau of Land Management]”You really want to work on climate change,” Homer said, adding that the former director of Nasa once told him that the orbits of the moon and earth were indeed changing.
“We know that there has been significant activity in 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?” Homert asked. “Obviously, this would have profound consequences for our climate.”
Eberlien said he would have to “continue with you on this issue, Mr. Homert.”
“Well, if you can find a way for you at the Forest Service to make that change, I’d like to know,” Homert added.
Although it seemed completely serious, some observers say that Homer is trying to express his belief that climate change is a phenomenon of natural changes in the orbits of celestial bodies, and therefore any other effort to deal with them would be in vain.
Gohmert’s question comes three years after the Science, Space and Technology congressional hearing focused on how technology can be used to adapt to climate change, heard by Alabama Republican Mo Brooks on rising sea levels.
Brooks theorizes that land erosion plays a significant role in sea level rise, including silt from the world’s major rivers and cliffs off the coast of California and Dover’s White Rocks falling into the sea.
“Every time you have this soil or rock or whatever is deposited in the seas, it forces sea levels to rise because you now have less space in those oceans because the bottom is moving up,” he said. Brooks.