So far this yr, John Kerry’s household jet has already emitted 30 times the quantity of carbon emitted by a typical passenger vehicle per yr, knowledge reviewed by Fox News present.
A Fox News evaluation of flight knowledge and an trade emissions calculator discovered that the jet emitted an estimated 138 metric tons of carbon on journeys courting from Jan. 10 to Aug. 6.
The numbers come as Kerry, President Biden’s local weather envoy, emphasizes the necessity for local weather motion amid the United Nation’s newest report.
“Today’s report from the @IPCC_CH shows that we cannot afford further delay,” he tweeted. “The science has been certain for decades, but the latest report makes it abundantly clear – the climate crisis is not only here, it is growing increasingly severe.”
Fox News reported final week that Kerry’s household jet took a minimum of 16 flights in 2021. With further knowledge, these numbers have been up to date to incorporate two flights on Aug. 6 and one on Jan. 10. Fox News beforehand excluded one other flight as a result of it was recorded as solely 10 minutes lengthy and had the identical departure and vacation spot location.
In complete, Kerry’s non-public jet has taken a minimum of 20 journeys this yr (together with the transient 10 min. flight) with 1597 mixed minutes, or more than 26 hours. Many of those flights occurred inside Massachusetts, together with Martha’s Vineyard and Boston International Airport. At least two flights befell between Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Based on Paramount Business Jets’ emissions calculator, the Kerry household jet’s carbon emissions would have reached an estimated 303,309 lbs. or 138 metric tons.
For comparability, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the average passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a given yr. It’s unclear how a lot more the Kerry household jet will fly this yr however to this point, it has racked up 30 times more than the annual quantity for the average passenger vehicle.
“John Kerry’s climate hypocrisy is writ large,” stated Steve Milloy, a former member of President Trump’s transition staff and founding father of JunkScience.com
In a press release to Fox News, he added that “[i]f climate is such an immediate and existential crisis, how does [Kerry] dare own a home on the island of Martha’s Vineyard? The only question about all this is the flavor of Kerry’s hypocrisy – elitist, cynical or both?”
“Elitist Kerry has justified his massive carbon footprint by saying that he is an important guy and must jet everywhere to save the planet. On the other hand, cynical Kerry has admitted that even if the world cut emissions to zero, that would not solve the ‘climate problem’ … Sure, Kerry makes a good poster child for climate hypocrisy, but he is not alone. Al Gore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama are some other mega-carbon footprint-making climate alarmists that come to mind. Having learned nothing from Marie Antoinette, these climate hypocrites sabotage their own efforts.”
The information comes as Biden advances a plan to “make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles, including battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles.”
Earlier this yr, footage surfaced in which Kerry defended flying through non-public jet to obtain an environmental award in Iceland in 2019. He referred to as flying non-public “the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle.”
Since these stories, Kerry has remained comparatively quiet about criticism that his household’s journey habits are hypocritical. When Kerry appeared earlier than Congress in May, he advised a House committee that he wanted to go away at a sure level as he was flying business.
A State Department spokesperson for Kerry advised Fox News: “Secretary Kerry travels commercially or via military air in his role as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.” The spokesperson later clarified to Fox News that Kerry himself wasn’t on any of the flights famous for this yr. They didn’t reply to an inquiry as as to if he and his spouse continued to profit financially from Flying Squirrel LLC. That’s the identify the identify beforehand reported for Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s non-public constitution jet firm and the registered proprietor listed on the Federal Aviation Administration’s website.
Kerry’s 2021 monetary disclosure recorded Flying Squirrel LLC beneath the part for “Spouse’s Employment Assets & Income and Retirement Accounts.” The monetary disclosure estimates the LLC with a worth of over $1 million.
It’s unclear who chartered the flights. While Kerry was on a global journey in April, flight knowledge confirmed that the jet traveled to Idaho from Boston. While the journey’s objective is unknown, the Idaho Press reported final yr that he and his spouse, Teresa, have been part-time residents in the close by Sun Valley for many years.
Kerry has stated he offsets his emissions, though it’s unclear how.