I am a speech communication student at Northeast State University in Blountville Tennessee. This semester I am taking an argumentation and debate class. One requirement of the class is a policy speech. This speech implements a new policy or augments an existing policy.
My topic is cycle commuters in relation to the clean air act as it relates to hybrid cars. For purchasing a “hybrid” vehicle, individuals may claim a portion of the cost because it is “healthy” to the environment. I believe that individuals who commute via bicycle should be able to receive a tax credit similar in value for updating equipment required to commuting via cycle. This may be rain gear, panniers, lighting equipment, helmets, perhaps even a bicycle itself.
My reason is because our society consistently complains about oil dependency, gas mileage and the positive effects of “green” fuels. Well, besides the occasional methane gas produced from too much beans the night before, cycling is as “green” as it gets. <<Smile>>
I have research data per say “statistical” numbers regarding emissions; cost differential, census information with rough numbers of cyclist commuters in the United States. What I need is information on a more connotative level. I need information that college students can identify with and say – ok this is why I should care…even if I am not doing it myself.
No identifying information will be used; no names will be given without permission. If you would like to share “personal” information (such as a story regarding your experience with cycling, or an opinion upon the issue) IF and only IF you give me permission to use your first name AND state of residence will I mention any information.
I welcome any and all information, comments, criticism upon this topic. If you have any questions please contact me directly at BlueBettaLady@yahoo.com.
Thank you for time time.