As John Kerry warns of climate peril, private jet popularity booms in Hollywood

by Peter Heck · Feb 21st, 2021 2:20 pm

Last Updated Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:22 am

The same day that President Biden's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, issued the dire warning that mankind had only 9 years to avert climate catastrophe, a report indicated that the use of private jets has exploded in Hollywood.

Far more than just A-list celebrities, demands for private air travel have grown immensely among a large swath of actors, producers, crew, and assistants in the film industry. The driving factor behind the substantial growth in private travel has been a desire to limit exposure to COVID-19 by traveling apart from the general public.

And beyond the use of private aircraft to shuttle Hollywood personnel, the expensive jets are also used as a way to transport COVID-19 tests from on-location film shoots to private laboratories hours away, as a way to expedite the process of getting results in a timely fashion for cast and crew.

While Special Envoy Kerry's dire warnings were meant to prompt congressional action to enact so-called "green energy" mandates and carbon caps on business, private jet air travel is one of the greatest contributors of carbon emissions.

Studies have shown that private aircraft produce at least 10 times the amount of carbon per passenger as a commercial aircraft.

Kerry himself was recently criticized for his decision to take a private jet to Iceland in order to receive the Arctic Circle award for climate leadership. In his defense, Kerry said that it was "the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle."


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