I am fascinated by the concept of carbon pollution. The supreme court ruled in 2006 that the USEPA could regulate carbon dioxide as a harmful greenhouse gas, and now the President is moving on the issue with executive action. In my online search for bits on the topic, I came across this news article from 2013:
Bicyclists cause pollution by breathing hard, says politician
SEATTLE: A Washington state lawmaker apologized Monday for telling a bike-shop owner that cyclists cause carbon pollution simply by breathing hard …
Also, you claim that it 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
The comment which recalls a remark by President Ronald Reagan that trees cause more pollution than automobiles do caused a bit of a sensation.
The politician suffered a week of derision for his comment, and then issued an apology. I guess it was politically expedient, but in fact, his statement is correct. A cyclist will emit more CO2 than someone walking. (Much less than a car carrying the rider, of course.) If CO2 is a pollutant, a rider is a polluter. And I don’t see why this is at all reminiscent of Reagonzo’s remark on trees: that was simply incorrect in toto. Trees consume CO2 and produce oxygen, which, as of yet, is not considered a pollutant. (Although it is a highly dangerous and destructive substance, causing explosions and slow deterioration of ferric assets.)