GOP congressman asks if US Forest Service can 'change the course of the moon's orbit' to fix climate change

GOP congressman asks if US Forest Service can 'change the course of the moon's orbit' to fix climate change
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The good news is a Republican U.S. Congressman appears to believe climate change is real and can be fixed. The bad news is he thinks the federal government can somehow alter the orbit of the moon – or the earth – to do so.

"Is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM [Bureau of Land Management] can do to change the course of the moon's orbit or the Earth's orbit?" Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked Jennifer Eberlien, the Associate Deputy Chief at the U.S. Forest Service, as the Daily Dot reports. "Obviously that would have profound effects on our climate."

His "profound effects" remark seemed to be an afterthought.

For those who will say the Congressman from Texas was just kidding, he began his query by saying, "I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they've found the moon's orbit is changing slightly and so is the earth's orbit around the sun. We know there's been significant solar flare activity."

Eberlien politely did her best to hold back a guffaw, replying, "I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert."

"Yeah, well if you figure out a way that you and the Forest Service can make that change, I'd like to know," Gohmert said.


The San Antonio Current adds that Congressman Gohmert has a history of "making a litany of fascinating scientific observations."

Anyone remember when he said climate change was great because it helps plants grow, that the Alaskan pipeline aided the sex lives of caribou or that he didn't need a mask during the pandemic because he was regularly tested for the coronavirus? (That last experiment apparently didn't play out so well, since Gohmert later contracted COVID-19.)

Meanwhile, we here at NCRM will always remember the Congressman from Texas for coining the phrase "terror babies."

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