Sure, private jet air travel emits 40 times more carbon per passenger than flying commercial, but when you’re important, that doesn’t matter, right?
Former Secretary of State and now Climate Czar John Kerry flew by private plane in 2019 to accept an award for his climate work in Iceland, a decision he defended at the time as “the only choice for somebody like me,” as shown on a video posted Wednesday by FoxNews.com.
Mr. Kerry, who has been criticized for owning a climate-unfriendly Gulfstream jet, appeared in person in October 2019 to receive the Arctic Circle Prize for his “leadership in international climate cooperation” at the Arctic Circle Assembly held in Reykjavik.
Kerry explained that private jet travel was really the only choice for someone like him.
“If you offset your carbon, it’s the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle. I negotiated the Paris accords for the United States. I’ve been involved in this fight for years.”
“I believe the time it takes me to get somewhere — I can’t sail across the ocean. I have to fly, to meet with people and get things done,” he said. “But what I’m doing, almost full-time, is working to win the battle of climate change, and in the end, if I offset and contribute my life to do this, I’m not going to be put on the defensive.”
You would think someone as wealthy and connected as Kerry would be able to, you know, plan ahead, thereby reducing his wait time on commercial flights while also foregoing private jet travel.
But maybe the inconvenience of bowing to lower emissions is only for the little people.