Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who did not seek re-election due to his failed Senate bid, is trying to make a name for himself before he leaves office.
The congressman introduced a bill last week that would require the National Science Foundation “study the effect of the Earth’s magnetic field on the weather.” The legislation would also have Congress acknowledge that a “decrease in magnetic fields could impact global temperatures”
As National Journal pointed out, the bill is named the “Stockman Effect Act.” But multiple scientists told National Journal that the Stockman Effect does not actually exist.
So it seems that Stockman is trying to stamp his name on climate change denial.
The congressmen has long been skeptical that humans have had an impact on climate change. Last year, Stockman said he hoped NASA would spend more time researching other possible causes of climate change, and in 2009 he called global warming a “new fad thing.”