In a sit-down interview with Yahoo News over the weekend, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry defended climate change conference attendees who flew on gas-guzzling private jets to Davos, Switzerland.
About 1,040 private jets reportedly flew in and out of airports serving the global economic summit in 2022, “releasing four times the average weekly CO2 emissions from this highly polluting mode of travel,” Euro News reported.
Yahoo News’ Ben Adler questioned Kerry, “You recently switched, I read, from flying private to flying commercial–”
“No, I didn’t fly private while I was in this job,” Kerry hastened to interject. “I fly commercially.”
Alder tried again. “The reason I bring that up is, private aviation is an example of something where people are starting to pay more attention and – but when people who go to Davos to talk about climate change fly private, it seems like they don’t want to make –”
Kerry again cut Alder off. “Well, they actually – I’ve talked to them about it. They offset … They buy offsets, they offset. And they are working harder than most people I know to be able to try to effect this transition.”
Translation: private jets for me, not for thee.