Skip to comments.Legislator says cyclists’ heavy breathing causes pollution as they ride
Posted on 03/05/2013 9:07:14 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
SEATTLE A state legislator started a firestorm by claiming bicyclists add to greenhouse gas emissions by breathing heavily as they ride.
Bike shop owner Dale Carlson said he was so concerned about a proposal to tax bicycle sales that he wrote to state legislators.
The email he received back from the transportation committees ranking Republican, Ed Orcutt of Kalama, made an unusual claim.
He talked about the effect on global warming we have from breathing hard, said Carlson.
Orcutt refuted the idea that cycling is environmentally friendly by explaining that cyclists have an increased heart rate and respiration.
Orcutt wrote that means 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, the email said.
Oh, I thought that was amusing, said Carlson.
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OMFG... are you serious?
So the liberals want to legislate what we consume and want to legislate against the obese, but they don’t want us to exercise because it will contribute to “emissions?”
So, what's the connection here? Well, it's simple ~ the leftwingtards also believe that bicycles are the way to a biologically safe world which means their bicycle sales folks are among their pantheon of minor dieties. The Republican took a chance to skewer him too as a proxy stand in for leftwingtard environuts and enviroweanies!
It's just another way to poke a stick in the environmental extremists spokes!
That is certainly in my top 5 of the stupidest things I have EVER heard a politician say. What a moron. Does anyone with a brain run for office anymore?
and...what else will they set their sights on? (Yikes!)
To say they are maroons is disrespectful of maroons.
I guess this goes for sex also...
Then we should ban SEX..................
I’m going to be using it the next time some local idiot starts crying that we need to spend more on bike trails.
It’s a known fact that getting excited, emotion, statism and the like causes more perspiration and CO2 that remaining calm, collected, pragmatic, logical and conservative.
Therefore, the ‘Rats, statists, liberals, progressives, who use emotional arguments contribute tremendously to glowbull warming.
Conservatives, on the other hand, by using reason, do not.
They want us to stop breathing. I’ve known it for quite some time.
Yup. All they had to say was seattle and that should have ended the statement right then. I look at it as feeding our little plant friends so they can keep producing Oxygen for us.
I spent years at off-road.com writing about people this crazy and even this very issue in one article... and many thought I was being ridiculous.
Perhaps he was just trying to take Rush’s approach of “demonstrating absurdity by being absurd”, albeit it’s a strange place to do it.
Well, this means only one thing. High lung capacity cyclists should be banned.
Deemed by whom? And did these lawmakers seek permission from exercise queen Michelle Obama before making their statement about cycling?
Perhaps we should kill them, Orcutt.
Perhaps we should kill all athletes.
Then all non-athletes.
Then all land animals.
Fish breath too, do they not?
What about the birds, Orcutt?
Mankind has lost it’s f***ing mind.
GOOD! I HATE “Pedal-Bikers”! Bastard want to use the streets and roads the I and ALL other motorists PAY FOR with MY Gas Taxes. I say let’s have a 9% Road useage tax for ALL “Pedal-Bike” Parts and “Pedal-Bike” Bikes. THEN and ONLY Then they can use OUR roads/streets. Let’s “spread the “wealth”” around some!
The crazy things that one can come up with while sitting around smoking pot, or shooting up the H. Fortunately, all of the crazies tend to reside along the coast. Once you move inland further east, especially east of the Cascades, and into the high desert, it’s actually pretty conservative territory. Something about the coast must attract the loonies.
Look on the bright side. When the collapse comes, guys like this will be quickly made into slaves by their feral liberal brethren. He is obviously so pussified that he will spend the rest of his slave life on his knees in all meanings of the term.
Many of the political ilk will. Because without their authority’ they are wholly powerless. And feral libs like gang bangers who will rapidly take over the cities where this type of idiot live will put them to any number of ‘uses’. From cannon fodder to...less masculine pursuits.
If the SHTF, I will enjoy seeing them suffer for what they caused.
The things shouldn’t be allowed on the roads since they don’t pay rioad taxes!!!!
It should be illegal for anyone over 16 to ride one!!!
I put a whizzer motor on mine when i was 8 and it went in the trash on my 16th birthday!!
Maybe the guy was joking? Fed up with hearing about how Holy Bicycle Riders are “Saving the Planet?”
Did you guys fail to notice that he used LEFTWINGTARD ENVIROCRAZY attack points on this bicycle salesman's inquiry?
The bicycle guy's customers are the people who don't like your cars on the road ~ and they don't want to pay the taxes they make you pay.
The letter is sarcastic ~ the bicycle salesguy is a true believer in the bicycle cause ~ we have some posters on this thread who should not be allowed to walk very far without two guards!
While i do think the guy is an a**hole there should be a tax on bike riders. Plain and simple i fund their bike lanes that are specially built for them to use. It is time they funded their own crap. Time to special user tax their sale. Along with registration fees on a yearly basis, license plates and yearly inspections should be preformed on their mode of so called exercise. These so called exercisers should also be required to have bike riders license and take a test so they quit running into cars. Insurance would also be required the same as car owners are required to get. Its time these leeches paid their fair share. Anyone under the age of 18 would be exempt since bikes are for kids and not some faggy limp wristed liberal who demands i stay 3 feet away from them while they cruise thru red lights and stop signs.
What's all the hubbub? *BECAUSE* the EPA classifies CO2 as a "pollutant," the Legislator is correct in his assertion about heavy breathing causing more of it. The silliness is not coming from the Legislator, it's coming from the EPA.
The Legislator is merely carrying the logic out further than the liberals like.
In other related news it is reported that scientists have determined that just one cyclist can add up to 10^-17 ppm to the CO2 in our atmosphere if he/she rides for an hour everyday for a century.
And further, that this would cause a 10^-21 degree C increase in the earths’ temperature each millennium for each of these anti-environmental wacko cyclists.
We need a law and we need it now.
You are correct. Most of the posters to this thread are completely missing what's really going on here.
You do know the dummy proposing this is a Republican . . . right?
What bothers me more is when they demand to be treated as “equals” but refuse to follow the rules of the road and ignore stop signs, red lights, etc. of course when they nearly get hit they flip they driver the bird and pedal off.
I agree - use their own BS against them.
Being an avid cyclist I have no problem paying a licensing fee based on the gross vehicle weight of my bicycle as I do on my motorized vehicles. Those who believe CO2 is a harmful emission should hold their collective breath for 5-7 minutes - problem solved.
That is the way I took it, that he was poking fun at the greenies and their crazy CO2 ideas.
Here in Seattle the naked bicyclists sometimes take over the downtown streets. So they don’t pay for the streets, we have to see their naked butts and they whine about the CO2 from the commuter cars trying to get home from work.
Speaking of sarcasm, did you notice the sarcasm in my post?
The guy forgot the sarc tag...that's my take.
Just a suggestion for a tagline that might fit you better.
My dad has hit a few with his truck mirror. I strongly disagree with him but he doesn't give a hoot what I think about it.
To save the planet, all Liberals must hold their breath until further notice.
Ah yes, the EPA. The constitutonally undefined federal agency which Congress not only wrongly delegated federal legislative powers to in defiance of the Constitution's Section 1 of Article I, but legislative powers which the states have never delegated to Congress via the Constitution even if Congress could delegate legislative powers to unelected federal bureaucrats.
Did you REALLY need the "F" in that???
Sigh! The obvious irony of the man’s response goes over the head of the sarcasm challenged!
This is an expected result of the myth of global warming, or climate change, or, as they have now begun to talk, weather anomalies - Since greenhouse gases cause climate change (no such evidence); and since humans contribute to greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere (no matter how miniscule the contribution); then climate change must be caused by humans and we must do everything possible to minimize human-caused greenhouse gas emissions - even to the point evidenced in this article.
The unfortunate outcome is that the uneducated 0bama supporters and AlGore followers blindly believe the premises and, therefore, it only follows that the conclusion must also be true, no matter how ridiculous.
The only logical solution is for 0bama and his supporters and AlGore and his followers to sacrifice themselves for the good of the planet - they must stop breathing immediately.
As a cyclist and someone who has seen numerous recreational and hobby endeavors diminished and stripped away by government idiocy over the years, yes, I did.