THE FAMILY private jet of John Kerry, President Joe Biden’s global envoy for climate change, emitted as much carbon dioxide in the past year as 36 passenger cars.
The Kerry family’s plane logged about 166 metric tons of carbon from February 9, 2020 to January 10, 2021, Fox News reported on Friday using the Paramount Business Jets emissions calculator.
The Kerry family’s private jet is the Gulfstream GIV-SP (stock image)Credit: Alamy
The Kerry family’s plane emitted about 166 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the past yearCredit: Splash News
Flights logs from the aviation data firm FlightAware obtained by the news outlet indicated that the Kerry family’s Gulfstream GIV-SP flew around 22 hours and 22 minutes during that time frame.
As a point of comparison, the typical car emits an estimated 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, assuming it travels 11,500 miles and registers about 22 miles per gallon, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Furthermore, private jets emit up to 40 times as much carbon dioxide per passenger than commercial flights do.
Biden appointed Kerry, a former Secretary of State, as his Special Presidential Envoy for Climate in late November.
President Joe Biden appointed John Kerry as his Special Presidential Envoy for ClimateCredit: Splash News
John Kerry has benefited financially from his family’s chartered private jet ventureCredit: Getty Images – Getty
News of the Kerry family jet’s high carbon emissions comes as Biden proposes a climate plan that could cost at least $1.7trillion.
Biden’s climate plan aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, which could cost millions of jobs and drop the country’s gross domestic product by trillions, according to the Heritage Foundation.
The Kerry family owns a private charter jet company, Flying Squirrel LLC, and it appears that Kerry has made money from the venture, Fox News previously reported.
Kerry owned assets adding up to “over $1,000,001” for the charter jet company through his wife, as recent as 2013, his executive branch personnel financial disclosure reflected.
John Kerry is a former Secretary of StateCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Kerry’s 2013 financial disclosure showed he reported between $50,001 and $100,000 in royalties and rent for the company.
That amount exceeded $1million in Kerry’s 2012 financial form.
Kerry’s rental income also topped $1million in 2011, between $100,001 and $1million in 2010, and between $100,001 and $1million in 2008, according to Fox News.
On Wednesday, Kerry spoke in a White House press briefing on Biden rejoining the Paris climate agreement and his plans to strengthen clean air protections and hold polluters accountable.
“The stakes on climate change just simply couldn’t be any higher than they are right now. It is existential. We use that word too easily, and we throw it away,” Kerry said.
“But we have a big agenda in front of us on a global basis, and President Biden is deeply committed—totally seized by this issue, as you can tell by this executive order and by the other—the initiative for getting back into Paris immediately.”