Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bicycle Commuter Act

It appears that Congressman Earl Blumenauer's Bicycle Commuter Act provision that was passed by the House last week was removed from the Senate bill. According to BikePortland, the Senate bill was likely not changed when the two bills were reconciled and passed today. We'll have to take Congress at their word that there will be other attempts in the near future to enact the Bicycle Commuter Act and approve other subsidies for wind, solar, geothermal and other alternative energy sources.
Yes, it was removed. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (12-29-07) a congressman McHenry from North Carolina objected that the measure discouraged people from driving. Well, duh. Here we are awash in CO2 and fat people and this guy objects to a measure that combats both. It's amazing. The place where I work let's you deduct pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to pay for parking and yet those who want to do the right thing are penalized. The company would like to offer something but is constrained by indolent, short-sighted congressmen

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