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#1 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:31 PM

http://www.huffingto..._n_2805658.html

 

The email from the lawmaker, which was written to bike shop owner Dale Carson, goes on to say that because bike riders have an "increased heart rate and respiration," 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," Orcutt wrote in the message, which Carson provided to The Huffington Post on Monday.



#2 concert andy

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:37 PM

http://www.huffingto..._n_2805658.html

 

The email from the lawmaker, which was written to bike shop owner Dale Carson, goes on to say that because bike riders have an "increased heart rate and respiration," 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," Orcutt wrote in the message, which Carson provided to The Huffington Post on Monday.

 

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#3 Tim the Beek

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

:angry: people



#4 Joker

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:11 PM

Context people   :wink:

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#5 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:49 PM

If services and infrastructure provided by "government" are paid for through compulsory taxation, why is it there is also a user tax and consumer tax?

 

Furthermore, if the argument is that CO2 is a greenhouse gas pollutant, should anyone breathing be taxed accordingly? And what purpose does the tax serve in curtailing this so called pollutant? How does it help the environment to tax people on breathing, or breathing heavily, or riding a bicycle?



#6 Tim the Beek

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:56 PM

Update March 6, 2013 at 12:30pm:
In an email to constituents, Rep. Orcutt apologized for his comments that riding a bicycle contributes to pollution. "My point was that by not driving a car, a cyclist was not necessarily having a zero-carbon footprint," Orcutt said in the email, according to Reuters. "In looking back, it was not a point worthy of even mentioning so, again, I apologize."


#7 Joker

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

Looks like this is part of a much bigger tax package

 

 

Gas, car-tab taxes drive House Dems’ transportation plan

House Democrats propose a $10 billion transportation package that would gradually raise the gasoline tax to 47.5 cents a gallon within five years

 

 

House Democrats rolled out a nearly $10 billion transportation packageWednesday that would boost taxes on gasoline, increase car tabs and even charge a bicycle fee to raise money.

 

The proposal would increase the state gas tax by 10 cents over five years, eventually reaching a total of 47.5 cents per gallon. Washington currently has the nation’s ninth-highest gas tax.

 

In addition, it would create a car-tab tax equal to 0.7 percent of a vehicle’s value — $140 for a $20,000 car.

 

There’s even a $25 sales fee on bicycles worth $500 or more that would raise $1 million over 10 years, a nod to motorists who complain that bicyclists don’t pay their fair share.

 

Overall, the package — likely to be debated for much of the legislative session — would plow billions of dollars into highway projectssuch as extensions of Highways 167 and 509, as well as Interstate 405 lanes, and ferry operations and terminals. It also would provide money to help build a new Columbia River bridge to Portland, widen Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass and reduce Interstate 5 congestion around Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

 

More here

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#8 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

These psycopaths always claim that these new taxes will add millions and fix this, do that etc. And in the end, what do they do? They come right back with their pockets pulled out demanding more money from citizens. Only to have a giant budget gap.

 

It's also the same song and dance on their projections of the revenue that they will get from these measures. Once it goes through we'll hear how it didn't provide nearly as much revenue and anticipated and round we go again on the broken psychopath record of moar, moar, moar.

 

The statists cheer, cry tears of joy and rejoice at the theft of more private property to be squandered.

 

I have no answer for it.



#9 TEO

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

Bigger package  :nikkiblue:



#10 Joker

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:05 PM

Bigger package   :nikkiblue:

 

That's your answer for everything   :rolleyes:



#11 TEO

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:26 PM

There, there, cows produce dangerous emissions as well.



#12 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

Politicians should tax the cow's feed. Or maybe tax the owner of the cows feed on the amount of GHG released per pound Or maybe just slaughter the cow for our own feed. or maybe force the man slaughter his cow and then tax him on the proceeds of any sales. Or maybe all of the above.



#13 TakeAStepBack

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:32 PM

Tax the man for compelling us to use force against him. Bastard.