“I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they have found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun,” Gohmert said.
“We know there’s been significant solar flare activity. And so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM (Bureau of 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,” the congressman asked Eberlien.
Eberlien responded that she “would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert.”
Facts First: Gohmert’s remark makes little sense. The insinuation that solar flares and orbital activity cause or greatly contribute to the climate change seen today is completely incorrect. Greenhouse gases produced by humans are the primary driver of the earth’s rapid warming.
Everything Gohmert asserted has been debunked by NASA.
The article also notes that the warming driven by greenhouse gases produced by humans is “50 times greater than the slight extra warming coming from the Sun itself over that same time interval.”
The idea that the changing of the Earth’s and moon’s orbits is also a major contributor to climate change is incorrect.
These cycles occur over tens to hundreds of thousands of years. Meanwhile, NASA says, “Scientists are confident Earth’s recent warming is primarily due to human activities — specifically, the direct input of carbon dioxide into Earth’s atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.”
CNN’s Ryan Nobles and Brandon Miller contributed to this article.