Speaking with a US Forest Service Representative, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asked if there’s a way to alter the Earth or moon’s orbit. Doing so might help combat climate change. Nobody present during the meeting had any idea if the congressman was serious or not.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert’s Hearing with US Forest Service
Gohmert spoke with Jennifer Eberlein, associate deputy chief of the National Forest System, during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing.
“I understand from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the [Bureau of Land Management], you very much want to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert said to Eberlein. He added that a past director of NASA told him before that orbits of the moon and the Earth was changing.
“Is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun?
Obviously, they would have profound effects on our climate,” Gohmert said. Surprised at the question, Eberlian could only manage to request a deferment. “I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” she replied. The Texas Representative replied that “Well if you figure out a way that you in the Forest Service can make that change, I’d like to know.”
NASA Explains Orbit
Meanwhile, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) took pains to explain the Earth and moon’s orbit. “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 wobbles called Milanković cycles, take after Milutin Milanković, the Serbian astronomer who first hypothesized it. The shifts do affect the Earth’s short and long-term climate.
However, they have little impact on the Earth’s seasons and aren’t responsible for global warming. In addition, astronomers noted that the moon is slowly drifting away from the Earth. It moves about an inch farther every year.
Watch the Guardian’s news video reporting that Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert suggests changing the moon’s orbit to fight climate change:
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