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.
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.
ORBITS: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change during a House Natural Resources hearing pic.twitter.com/yYiOyi2cMZ
— Forbes (@Forbes) June 8, 2021
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.
We just need to nibble away some of the cheese on one side of the moon to change its orbit, we have the Space Mice, "get ur done". pic.twitter.com/Mc5iYeONIW
— UsHadrons (@ushadrons) June 9, 2021
He's trying to make the audience believe that nothing can be done about climate change, because obviously the Moon and Earth can't be shifted out of orbit.
This isn't stupid or ignorant. It's propaganda aimed at people who are both, like the entire GOP base.
— Xopher Halftongue 🏳️🌈 (@Halftongue) June 9, 2021
American version of the Upper Class Twit of the Year Contest
— Michael LaMaster (@mdlamaster) June 9, 2021
Strap a can of lysol to it, hit the sprayer & light a match!
— 😷💉fierce advocate, msw🏳️🌈🍰 (@brainyisnewsexy) June 9, 2021
I don’t think it’s obvious sarcasm. Sarcasm only works if people don’t perceive you as a complete idiot in the first place.
— Curtis Wilson (@mrcurtiswilson) June 9, 2021
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.
Exactly what I just said to my husband. What was wrong with her? The answer should have been “No.”. (Or F no).
— Kathleen Zurcher (@KAZurcher) June 9, 2021
Honestly, this is beyond diplomatic.
We need to stop normalizing dangerous stupidity and ignorance in people in positions of power.
— Mike Sellers – always working on N+1 projects (@onlinealchemist) June 9, 2021
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.