State legislator seeks a new carbon tax on bicycle riders

Cyclist with Pollution Mask
Cyclist with Pollution Mask

On March 2, an email sent out by a Washington state legislator surfaced that indicated that he is in support of a new tax on bicycle sales which acts as a carbon tax for cyclists who pollute the environment through the increased expulsion of carbon dioxide. This new tax, which is part of current tax legislation being proposed in the state to help increase revenues for the budget, is primarily being argued to force cyclists to pay for road construction, but is now being justified as a tax on the citizens of Washington state for simply breathing.

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

The drive for implementing carbon taxes to stave off the concept of man-made global warming is a potentially trillion dollar industry, with many environmental activists, and government officials all vying for a share of the revenue pie. In California alone, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger began the state’s Cap and Trade initiatives, which current Governor Jerry Brown has expanded upon during his administration. In an attempt to increase fiscal revenues by over $1 billion, California is now seeking to impose carbon credit fines on over 300 companies through law AB 32which was passed in 2011.

Carbon Dioxide is a natural gas emission, and is a byproduct of the life sustaining action known as breathing. From its expulsion by living organisms, plant life takes in this gas, and returns oxygen to the air in a never ending cycle. Thus the determination by the EPA that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, and partial cause of global warming, now opens up the very act of being a living organism to government regulations, and potential tax burdens created by legislators for whatever agendas they see fit to create under the umbrella of global warming.

Whether Representative Orcutt’s email was a tongue in cheek response to a citizen regarding new tax legislation on bicycles, and those who desire to ride on public roads has yet to be determined, but the fact that the EPA has chosen to make carbon dioxide a public hazard, shows just how disastrous government regulations can become on the public as a whole, and just how costly these rules and laws can be for taxpayers and consumers alike.

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