US lawmaker says bicycing is bad for the environment – because of bikers’ breathing

In what can only be described as a bit of 1+1 equals 17½, the Republican member of the Washington House of Representatives, Ed Orcutt, has been putting his foot in his mouth, hopefully slightly limiting the air supply to his brain.

Not that I hope the foot to mouth move would harm him, but because it might be the only (slightly) good reason for Mr. Orcutt’s recent comments about bicycling.

In an email response to a constituent, Ed Orcutt claimed that bicycling isn’t environmentally friendly, because 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, cyclists are actually polluting when they ride’.

Yep. He actually said that.

And it’s not a fake.

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