Wash. Lawmaker Apologizes For Cyclist Comment

When Washington State lawmakers proposed a new tax on bikes, the owner of several bike shops protested. He ended up in an email argument with a Republican lawmaker. State Senator Ed Orcutt argued cyclists pollute just by breathing. It is true that a heavy breathing cyclist would emit more carbon dioxide than a person who's just sitting, but Orcutt reconsider his claim and apologized.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. When Washington state lawmakers proposed a new tax on bikes, the owner of several bike shops protested and ended up in an email argument with a Republican lawmaker, who shot back a novel claim.

State Sen. Ed Orcutt argued that cyclists pollute just by breathing. It is true that a heavy breathing cyclist will emit more carbon dioxide than a person who's just sitting. Orcutt did reconsider, and apologized.

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