A Washington state lawmaker has apologized for asserting in an email that bicyclists pollute the air with their heavy breathing.

But Republican Rep. Ed Orcutt of Kalama, the ranking minority member of the House Transportation Committee, didn't on Monday retract his claim that cyclists contribute to climate change with their "increased heart rate and respiration," but admitted it was inflated language.

Orcutt's claims were made last week in a response to an email sent to over 30 state lawmakers from Dale Carlson, the owner of three bike stores.

Carlson was upset about a proposal to create a $25 fee for all new bike purchases of $500 or more as part of a transportation revenue package.
 
Orcutt, a conservative who opposes most tax increases, said cyclists should help pay for the upkeep and construction of roads.

Do you agree with Orcutt or do you think he's completely off base?

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