A Fox News analysis of flight data and an industry emissions calculator found that the jet emitted an approximated 138 metric tons of carbon on trips dating from Jan. 10 to Aug. 6.
The figures come as Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, stresses the need for climate action amid the United Nation’s latest 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 last week that Kerry’s family jet took at least 16 flights in 2021. With extra data, those numbers have been refreshed to include two flights on Aug. 6 and one on Jan. 10. Fox News previously excluded another flight because it was recorded as only 10 minutes long and had the same flight and destination location.
In total, Kerry’s private jet has taken at least 20 trips this year (including the brief 10 min. flight) with 1597 mixed minutes, or more than 26 hours. Many of these flights transpired within Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Boston International Airport. At least two flights took place between Massachusetts and New Jersey.
Based on Paramount Business Jets’ emissions calculator, the Kerry family jet’s carbon emissions would have moved to an expected 303,309 lbs. or 138 metric tons.
For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the average passenger vehicle emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide in a given year. It’s not clear how much more the Kerry family jet will fly this year but so far, it has increased to 30 times more than the annual amount for the average passenger vehicle.
“John Kerry’s climate hypocrisy is writ large,” said Steve Milloy, a former member of President Trump’s transition team and founder of JunkScience.com
In a statement 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?” He told Fox News.
“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.”