The Russian Media Makes Fun of Comments by Louie Gohmert on Changing the Moon’s Orbit
The Russian media derided the situation. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas asked a National Forest Service representative whether the agency could shift the Earth’s or moon’s orbit at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday.
“Can the National Forest Service or the BLM [Bureau of Land Management] do anything to alter the course of the moon’s or Earth’s orbit around the sun?” Gohmert posed the question to the delegate. “Clearly, they would have a significant impact on our climate.”
The story was taken up by the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, which published it with the headline: “And let’s shift the orbit of the moon: ‘The dumbest guy in the US Congress’ presented a new idea.”
The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis was the first to reveal that the Russian news site criticized the GOP congressman’s statements.
“Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert recently stated that many people regard him to be ‘the dumbest guy in Congress.’ And it appears that he has proven that these folks are correct,” the article’s first sentence reads. Humans have never been able to shift the orbits of celestial bodies, according to the essay, and even “achievements of modern technologies” will not allow them to do so.
During a hearing on Tuesday, the Republican congressman made the comments, which appeared to be a suggestion that technology could be utilized to tackle climate change. “I was informed by NASA’s immediate past director that they’ve discovered that the moon’s orbit, as well as the Earth’s orbit around the sun, is altering somewhat. Before posing the question, Gohmert explained that there had been a lot of solar flare activity.
Jennifer Eberlien, associate deputy chief of the National Forest Service, who was asked the question by the Republican lawmaker, looked slightly taken aback. She then responded, “I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
The congressman then replied, “If you figure out there’s a way in the Forest Service you could make that change, I’d like to know.”
As the Russian news site noted, Gohmert recently said that some people view him as the “dumbest” person in Congress. The remark came as he touted his SAT scores from before he attended college decades. This is a brief summary.