Climate czar John Kerry said that traveling by private jet is the "only choice for someone like me," pointing to his record on climate activism as a way to justify taking one to Iceland to receive the Arctic Circle award for his work on climate change in 2019.
Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson confronted Kerry about his mode of transportation, saying, "I understand that you came here with a private jet. Is that an environmental way to travel?"
"If you offset your carbon – it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle," Kerry responded.
He would not answer as to why he chose to fly private knowing that private jets produce roughly 40 times more carbon than commercial flights per passenger.
"But, what I'm doing, almost full time, is working to win the battle on climate change, and in the end, if I offset and contribute my life to do this, I'm not going to be put on the defensive," said Kerry.
Kerry's family owns a private jet, with a registration certificate that was issued in 2005 and that remains valid until October 2023.