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Rep. Orcutt's Bicycle Tax based on premise: "breathing produces more CO2" 
4th-Mar-2013 11:10 am
http://blog.cascade.org/2013/03/legislator-to-small-business-owner-bicycling-bad-for-the-environment/

"Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.

I know, you own a car and drive so are paying gas tax — but not while you are riding your bike. When you are driving your car and generating gas tax you are also driving on the roads so are only really paying for the roads when driving — not while biking."

-- (the Representative)
Comments 
4th-Mar-2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Cuh-razy. It's up there with Reagan's "trees pollute" statement.

This guy isn't genuine, he's just doing the typical right wing thing of seeing how much he can get away with saying to keep us busy responding to this while they go and spend too much public money on an outdated project.

Instead of responding to his statement we all should be investigating what ties he has to the automobile industry or the highway construction industry. What's he getting out of it?
5th-Mar-2013 07:07 am (UTC)
(major facepalm)

I believe it was Ronald Reagan who said 'trees cause pollution'.
12th-Mar-2013 04:48 am (UTC)
I wish LJ had a "like" button so that I could "like" this.
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