Lawmaker Says That Bicyclists Contribute To Global Warming

We recently reported on states “raising money” through gas taxes in order to fund lawmakers’ pet transportation projects. One of those states mentioned was Washington. In a recently proposed transportation package, higher gas taxes were put forward as well as a bike tax on those cyclists who don’t pay their fair share for the roads on which they ride.

In spite of the fact that only about 4% of the Seattle DOT’s budget comes from the gas tax and the fact that even bikers pay taxes that go to fund roads and highways, liberal lawmakers in Washington state still insist on bikers’ paying a bike tax to cover all the repairs in the roads caused by bicycles. Never mind the fact that a road’s wear-and-tear from a bicycle is infinitesimal compared to that of a typical car.

But there’s apparently more to the story than just the typical wealth redistribution. We can’t forget about the threat that cyclists pose to the environment.

According to one of Washington state’s representatives who supports the bike tax, cyclists contribute to global warming, because riding a bike increases one’s heart rate and respiration. An increase in respiration means that more CO2 is being exhaled, and as we know, carbon dioxide will destroy planet Earth by turning it into a ball of fire.

Representative Ed Orcutt made this statement in an e-mail exchange with a constituent who opposes the bike tax:

 “Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am 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 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.”

 And I guess runners do too apparently. They also experience an increased heart rate and respiration when they run. They need to not only pay a shoe tax for the wear-and-tear they’re causing on the ground when they pound their feet into the pavement, but also a carbon tax for having the gall to breath air as if it’s free.

All these years, I thought the global warmists wanted people to get away from cars. Many of the more consistent environmentalists took to cycling. But that’s not good enough anymore. Driving a car, riding a bike, running on your own two feet, breathing in your sleep…these all produce carbon emissions. The most compassionate thing to do to save planet Earth from turning into fire is to eliminate humans. Perhaps these lawmakers should start with themselves.


  • Smeethow

    Nothing will ever stand between a democrat and other peoples money. If WA state ever wants to keep any of their own money we need to start voting for some other party.

  • http://twitter.com/DustyFae StarDust Dolittle

    Well, judgement day will put these people in the right place, they are going against God who gave up the air to breath and therefore no one has the right to tax a free gift from God. And How can they keep robbing God of his free gift to all living thing. God gave the breath to us and God knows when to take it.

  • Kiwi from Tx

    Have never in my life heard anything (read anything) so utterly stupid. The whole world then needs to stop excercising in any shape or form, no more football, no more Olympics, no more walking the dog, better not have the dogs chase the ball either, no movement of any kind as it might contribute to global warming.
    Don't we have any more brain cells left that function? Is all of Congress filled with idiots? My guess is that it is another creative way to get more $$ from the citizens of this country.
    Is anyone studying history anymore? You tax a people to death & an uprising will occur eventually, either that or when the citizens literally have no more money to give, then the Congress will exact labor out of our citizens, which in effect is called slavery.
    We, as the human race, are more stupid than the lowest life form on earth!!! If there is intelligent life in space, hopefully they will avoid earth like the plague because if they come here & see the stupidity on this planet, they will either destroy us or take over this miserable earth.
    The lawmakers of this country have lost their collective minds!!!

  • drquantum

    and we're back to the Gaia crap. Humanity is evil. Babies cause global warming. Stop having babies.

  • stonemike

    I DEEM these BAS--RDS enemies of free men! This screwball and every single person who attempts to imprison Americans with this insanity should be put to death, these aggressors are just as much mortal enemies as the AXIS POWERS WERE IN WW2 !

  • Don39

    OK, first the guns and then the bicycles. Why the heck do the idiots keep skipping the refrigerator, the stove, the automobile, etc.? If riding a bike is bad for the environment can you imagine running for your life from the pursuer with an illegal gun. Arm everybody and save the environment you leftist fools!

  • williaml

    When people start walking, they will want to tax shoes.

  • Linda Miskolci

    Just another crock of crap from the democrat/liberal/progressive communists.

  • Tonto

    Is breathing part of the global warming? No, I will not stop breathing to placate this moron.

  • Graywolf12

    WOW!! What next a sex tax? I know my heart rate and respirations increase during sex, am I abnormal? Maybe progressives control their heart rate during sex. No wonder they are pi$$ed off all the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.johnson.3990 Keith Johnson

    How about a Cow tax also? What is wrong with these frikin idiots in our government? Heaven help us.

  • dondehoff

    Gads, are they going to include a "sex" tax? While I am going to be 81 the end of this month, my breathing still gets "heavy" at the sight of an attractive female, not to mention when the "act " is involved. Such a tax just might balance the budget----and we actually pay these legislators to come up with these hair-brained ideas!

  • dondehoff

    The rise in CO2 if probably affected more my the massive cutting of trees in the rain forests of South America, than all other issues combined.

  • http://twitter.com/MacdonaldCory Macdonald Cory

    That idiot Representive Orcott can cut carbon emissions by stop breathing, as in dying. One can't cure stupidity. Washington just like Oregon and California have too many stupid people.

  • Icarus62

    Good grief... You'd think there would be some minimal requirement for intelligence to become a politician, but apparently not. Riding a bike is about three times more efficient than travelling the same distance on foot, and in any case it's not breathing that is causing global warming, it's all the fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions from our cars, factories, power stations, ships, planes, agriculture and so on.

  • CelticRune

    Idiots should keep their mouth closed and keep their thoughts to themselves, rather than speakout and remove any and all doubt.

  • WhiteFalcon

    I guess that sex is harmful to the environment too. Sex does the same as the bicycle and many times you wind up with another human that lives and breaths and causes CO2, and worst of all, he might become another stupid politician.