There are two equally distressing possibilities for explaining this.

1) Gohmert thinks we can adjust the orbits of the Earth or Moon or tweak solar activity.

2) He’s knows that’s impossible & is being sarcastic because he thinks addressing climate change is always impossible.
The first possibility is distressing because it suggests that despite being in conversations with NASA officials about them, he does not understand how orbits work. The second is distressing because it suggests he will oppose all attempts to address climate change as futile.
The most dangerous current strategy employed by those who oppose doing anything about climate change is to convince us that we can’t do anything & will only harm ourselves by trying. Don’t let them convince you we’re helpless. We know exactly what to do. We’ve known for decades.
There are costs to slowing global warming. It will require trade-offs, hard adjustments, and complicated rearrangements of certain industries. But it’s not impossible. And the costs of doing nothing are and will continue to be VASTLY higher.
Update: Looks like Gohmert really wants us to believe that the orbits of the Earth and Moon are the cause of climate change so we’ll give up and conclude there’s no way to address it.

This is an old, false claim that has been disproven many, many times.…

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