I read, with interest, the March 22 article about state Rep. Larry Lockman’s recent sponsorship of a bill titled “An Act To Protect Political Speech and Prevent Climate Change Policy Profiling.”

If I understand the intent of the bill correctly, a more fitting name would be “An Act To Protect Political Speech and Prevent Scientific Facts from Harming Big Business.”

Below is an excerpt from a Portland Press Herald column I wrote titled “Maine Voices: Money, politics and global warming make for a dangerous mix,” which ran Aug. 14, 2015:

“James Lawrence Powell was appointed to the National Science Board by Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush and served for 12 years. He holds a doctorate in geochemistry from MIT.

“Dr. Powell conducted a study of peer-reviewed articles on the topic of global warming. He found that 24,210 articles were written on climate change by 69,406 scientists from around the world in 2013 and 2014.

“Of those authors, 69,402 (99.9 percent) indicated that global warming is caused by human activity (burning fossil fuel), with only four scientists indicating that global warming is not caused by human activity.”

Fred Egan

York Harbor