Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, had a straight faced when he inquired about a novel solution to climate change: can’t we just adjust the earth’s orbit? What about the moon? (Watch above).
Gohmert’s questions came during a House Natural Resources hearing. Jennifer Eberlien, an Associate Deputy Chief at the National Forest System, was testifying before lawmakers. That’s when Gohmert rambled:
“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the [Bureau of Land Management], you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said. “I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they found that 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 activities, and so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or [Bureau of Land Management] can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.”
It’s unclear why Gohmert thought Eberlein, a trained archeologist and anthropologist, could answer a question about planetary bodies. Indeed, Eberlein demurred and said she’d get back to the congressman.
So Gohmert thinks the Green New Deal is bad, but he's open to CHANGING THE ORBIT OF THE EARTH AND THE MOON???? https://t.co/gZzcPhyjtW
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) June 9, 2021
Gohmert is no stranger to outlandish comments. He said he supported a pipeline in Alaska as a means to encouraging caribou to have more sex. Last year, he falsely said Germany had developed a powerful mist that obliterates COVID-19.
Gohmert is also a Trump die-hard. In December 2020, he sued Vice President Mike Pence in an attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election.
Is it really possible for an elected official to be this stupid? https://t.co/EHP8JDg9kC
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 9, 2021