Bill bans dis­crim­i­na­tion on cli­mate change doubters

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Maine laws pro­tect peo­ple from dis­crim­i­na­tion based on fac­tors such as race, dis­abil­i­ties and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, and a Repub­li­can law­maker wants to add a per­son’s be­liefs about cli­mate change to that list.

Rep. Larry Lock­man has in­tro­duced a bill that would limit the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s abil­ity to pros­e­cute peo­ple based on their po­lit­i­cal speech, in­clud­ing their views on cli­mate change.

Lock­man said that he be­lieves it’s an open ques­tion whether hu­man ac­tiv­ity is the pri­mary cause of cli­mate change.

“We need to have a vig­or­ous public de­bate on that ques­tion,” he said.

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