Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To Ask That A Tax On Distance Running Be Added To Green New Deal

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By David Greenberg, guest correspondent for LetsRun.com, with additions by Robert Johnson.
April 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — LetsRun.com has exclusively learned that representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is going to ask her colleagues in the House of Representatives later today to add a federal tax on distance running to the Green New Deal after a study found running long distances adds materially to carbon dioxide levels around the nation.

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The tax will be added to the price of running gear such as shoes, gel belts and calf sleeves and all marathon entry fees costing more than $100.

The study, which is expected to published in conjunction with Ocasio-Cortez’s speech on the House floor, found rising concentrations of CO2 in Boulder, Colorado; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Eugene, Oregon, and determined the active running communities in those cities were to blame. Perhaps more importantly, the authors also determined the runners add even more C02 when they fly to their marathons all over the globe.

Over the weekend, LetsRun.com was sent a draft copy of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s speech and it’s expected that she will say the following.

“We cannot stand by as tons of CO2 are put into the atmosphere by rich white Americans running in circles. The NY Times has told us that it’s an ‘overwhelmingly white’ activity at the recreational level and that means it’s largely a leisure activity for rich capitalists. Even if we ignore the amount of CO2 they needlessly produce when working out, the amount of CO2 the runners create when they fly to their marathons is staggering.”

We reached out to the New York Road Runners, the organizers of the world’s largest marathon – the New York City Marathon – which runs through AOC’s Bronx district, for comment but they haven’t got back to us at press time.

 


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