Lawmaker proposes tax on bicyclists, says they pollute environment

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Oh oh! There goes another polluter.
Photo credit www.davidsanger.com

A Washington state lawmaker is now walking back — or should I say riding back — a comment he’d made in late February that bicyclists pollute the environment and should be taxed accordingly. He proposes a $25 fee on bicycle sales of $500 or more.

Proving once again that idiotic statements aren’t limited to any one particular party or ideology, GOP state Rep. Ed Orcutt, a ranking member of the Transportation Committee, stuffed his foot firmly in his mouth in an email he wrote to a constituent, according to The Huffington Post.

“If I’m not mistaken, a cyclist 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 seems to be a greenhouse gas and pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”

Just as a personal observation, whenever someone begins an argument with the phrase, “If I’m not mistaken,” it generally means they are. And he was.

The email was posted Saturday on the Cascade Bicycle Club’s website and was picked up by the media on Monday.

Now that the whole World knows he’s an idiot, Orcutt backpedaled in another email.

“My point was that by not driving a car, a cyclist was not necessarily having a zero-carbon footprint,” Orcutt said in the email. In looking back, it was not a point worthy of even mentioning so, again, I apologize.”

Orcutt should just come clean to his constituents — it has nothing to do with pollution, the environment or greenhouse gases. It’s all about revenue, pure and simple.

The Beatles said it best in their 1966 song, “Taxman.”

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

Not much has changed. If politicians have developed a talent for anything, it’s for finding new ways to remove money from the wallet of the poor taxpayer.

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  • Ronnie

    More idiots in the White House, Senate and Congress than the rest ogf the world, Wait I am wrong, How many idiots voted them in and more than once. One more thing why does a bike that cost under $500.00 polute less?

  • Steve Harper

    I think I know where the greater emissions just came from and it wasn't from the guy on the bicycle!

  • Buck Dude

    That's Right!

    The biggest emissions are coming from Politicians, especially in that cesspool known as Wa-DC.

    TAX TAX TAX is all they know.

  • Dane

    I think there aught to be a breath tax. They need to set up stations so it can monitor everything we do. From the time you wake up in the morning until you got to bed at night. Of course day hours would cost more than night hours because we can call them peak hours. Now we have to assign a breath czar and pay him $500,000 a year plus benefits. We need to find a way to replace that $85 billion less money Obama does not have to spend this year. Hey what happened? I was expecting planes to fall out of the sky, I thought I saw somewhere where free cell phoners needed to get more minutes on their phones. Do not forget Egypt and forget about Lybia. I want to do my part in the Obama world. Lets just get stupid all the way. Why half step? Watch out close your eyes because I think I see a sight tax coming. Tax you for everything you look at. What a great idea. How do you spell stupid? Orcutt.

  • http://woxof1@earthlink.net John A

    How much of a carbon footprint would be created by a person on a bike if he or she were smoking a joint while they pedaled their way to Nirvana. It's legal to befriend the weed in Washington these days. I wonder if Rep. Orcutt had a toke or two before he uttered such an assinine statement. Oh well, nobody said that a politician had to be intelligent…….

  • http://facebook Mary Liz Danuser

    Got news for this group of people.A bike is actually clearer than most vehicles. No fumes go into air as would a car,or a truck.Liz

  • http://None Pam

    This is exactly why our government is failing!! With stupid people in government its no

    wonder we are in the fix we are. These people must have too much time to waste on

    their hands so they sit around and come up with insane bills with no research into the

    ramifications of how they will affect the people or the economy. On top of that, they

    exclude themselves from a lot of these idiotic laws and bills so they are no affected

    by them. I see throw ALL of them out and start over!!!