Texas Rep. asks if the orbit of the earth and moon can be changed to solve climate change

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Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s asked during a House committee hearing whether the federal government could change the orbits of the moon or Earth to tackle climate change — raising eyebrows among experts.

Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, was video calling National Forest Service deputy deputy chief Jennifer Eberlien when he asked whether or not federal agencies such as the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management could control the orbit of the Earth and the Moon. could change with the climate crisis.

“I understand, what has been witnessed to the Forest Service and the BLM [Bureau of Land Management], you really want to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert told Eberlien in a viral video clip of the hearing tweeted by Forbes.

“I have been informed by the immediate former director of NASA that they have found that the moon’s orbit is slightly changing, and so has the Earth’s orbit around the sun.

“We know that there have been significant solar flares, and so, is there anything the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the moon’s orbit or Earth’s orbit around the sun? That would of course have major consequences for our climate.’

Deputy Chief of the National Forest Service Jennifer Eberlien was diplomatic in her response to Gohmert's question.

Deputy Chief of the National Forest Service Jennifer Eberlien was diplomatic in her response to Gohmert’s question. “I should follow up with you, Mr. Gohmert,” she said

Gohmert's question caused quite a bit of discussion on social media, with some commentators arguing whether the question was sincere or sarcastic

Gohmert asked deputy head of the National Forest System, Jennifer Eberlien, whether federal agencies can solve the climate crisis by changing the orbit of the Earth and the moon

Gohmert asked deputy head of the National Forest System, Jennifer Eberlien, whether federal agencies can solve the climate crisis by changing the orbit of the Earth and the moon

“I should follow up with you, Mr. Gohmert,” Eberlien replied.

She didn’t specifically answer whether the idea was valid — which many found online odd, while others defended the congressman, saying he was clearly being sarcastic.

As Gohmert’s question spread on social media, some lashed out at the Texas representative as they debated whether his question was serious or sarcastic during his viral exchange with Eberlien.

“So let’s be clear, you still think the Bureau of Land Management can change the orbit of the Earth or the Moon?” tweeted Tom Coates.

“I’m pretty sure we’re all laughing at the fact that you asked a land use agency administrator if they could change the moon’s orbit,” another commenter tweeted.

“He means the question perfectly!” a third commenter tweeted. ‘I’m surprised she didn’t burst out laughing. It’s like the restrained ‘no’ about curing C19 with light and injecting disinfectant. Both should have been greeted with hearty laughter. Texas, you get the ignorance you vote for.’

Gohmert asked deputy head of the National Forest System, Jennifer Eberlien, whether federal agencies can solve the climate crisis by changing the orbit of the Earth and the moon

Gohmert asked deputy head of the National Forest System, Jennifer Eberlien, whether federal agencies can solve the climate crisis by changing the orbit of the Earth and the moon

Not all commentators were negative, however, and many came in defense of the Texas Republican.

“It was sarcasm… talk about embarrassing,” one commenter tweeted.

“Obviously it’s sarcasm he’s using, not the belief that anyone can change the job. Forbes could have focused on the real problem: “Gohmert implies a false theory that Earth’s changing orbit is enough to explain climate change.” But that wouldn’t get them a lot of clicks or retweets,” James Wells tweeted in defense of the Texas Republican.

“It’s a matter of jurisdiction. US agencies have no authority to change Earth’s orbit. Gohmert seems to be arguing for a global government authority, which I didn’t expect from him,” noted Bill Karwin.

Gohmert made a particular exception to those he says confused the Bureau of Land Management for Black Lives Matter, both of which use “BLM” as an acronym.

He wants Black Lives Matter to change the Earth’s orbit????? Do I miss something?’ one person tweeted.

“I can’t be the only one wondering why Loonie Louie would entrust this mission to Black Lives Matter,” wrote another commenter, much to Gohmert’s anger.

“Extremely devious how you hid the context with an ellipsis in your tweet, Gohmert,” responded a tweet from former Studio 360 host and author Kurt Anderson. ‘The hearing was about the LAND MANAGEMENT & Climate Change OFFICE. BLM stands for BUREAU LAND MANAGEMENT. #FakeNews,” he tweeted amid the online debate over his question about climate change.

Video from the exchange garnered nearly 9k likes, 3,760 retweets and 10.3k quote tweets as of Thursday.

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