BY BOB HOLT
Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt clarified that he had not “done any analysis” of his statements regarding bicyclists polluting the air by releasing carbon dioxide while breathing hard.
Orcutt was responding to a complaint he had received from bicycle shop owner Dale Carson about a proposed tax on bicycles valued at $500 or more.
In regard to bicycles being environmentally friendly, Orcutt wrote in his initial e-mail, according to UPI.com, “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."