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Louie Gohmert Labeled ‘Dumbest Member Of Congress’ After Floating Idea Of Altering Earth’s Orbit To Fight Climate Change



Louie Gohmert

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, of Texas, triggered an avalanche of negative comments on social media after he 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’s bizarre question came during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday.

“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 Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, 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 [Bureau of Land Management] 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.

As NASA explains in a blog post, Earth’s orbit changes from being close to perfectly circular to being slightly more elliptical in a cycle that takes about 100,000 years. The orbit is currently around as close to being circular as it can be.

The angle at which the Earth tilts also shifts slightly or “wobbles” on its axis over the course of tens of thousands of years.

According to NASA, these small changes in the earth’s orbit have a relatively minor impact on the planet’s seasons and are not behind global warming.

Che Gohmert’s question and some of the reactions below.