WATCH: Louie Gohmert Isn’t Living Down Suggestion To Change The Moon’s Orbit As Climate Change Solution

How should the U.S. address climate change? Representative Louie Gohmert has a suggestion that isn’t exactly going over well. He’d like the Forestry Service to consider whether there’s something they can do to change the orbit of the moon, and see if that helps.

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Gohmert’s suggestion is getting attention for its scientific shortcomings, and there’s a division on whether he really believes that moving the moon’s orbit is a possibility, or whether he was trying to suggest that actual measures to combat climate change are as untenable as moving the moon.

The clip above is from a House Natural Resources hearing, where Gohmert says that he’s heard the moon’s orbit around the Earth has changed over time, and that the Earth’s around the sun has as well, “So, is there anything that the Forestry Service or BLM [Bureau for 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.”

People are calling out the suggestion both for promoting propaganda, and just for being ridiculous.

However, people seem to be united on a couple of points: first, that suggesting the idea is ridiculous, and that anyone who would espouse it shouldn’t be in a position of power, and second, that there should have been pushback instead of a polite (and likely shocked) response.

It’s not Gohmert’s first time being criticized for his unscientific views. Last summer, for instance, he claimed that he got COVID-19 by wearing a mask.

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