Thursday, June 10, 2021

Don't change any orbits, Representative Gohmert. Instead, reduce the use of fossil fuels

On Tuesday, 8 June, 2021, Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas asked  whether the National Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management could "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." Perhaps he was being ironic, as Philip Bump of the Washington Post suggests. But whether he meant the remark seriously or not, such proposal responds to the climate catastrophe with a grand technological solution that would be far more complicated than the simple technological solution of reducing use of fossil fuels. The grand solution that we need is not technological, but political and economic. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 10 June 2021)


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