Gohmert asks if federal agencies can change Earth’s or moon’s orbits to fight climate change

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EDITOR’S NOTE – clearly “tongue in cheek”

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Tuesday asked a representative from the U.S. Forest Service if it was possible to alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth as a way of combating climate change, though it was unclear if he was being serious.

Gohmert was speaking with Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.

“I understand from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said to Eberlien, adding that a past director of NASA had once told him that orbits of the moon and the Earth were changing.

“Is there anything that the National Forest Service, or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?” Gohmert asked Eberlien. “Obviously they would have profound effects on our climate.”

“I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” Eberlien responded. 

“Well, if you figure out a way that you in the Forest Service can make that change, I’d like to know,” Gohmert added.

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