Celebrities who pollute the most with their private jets

How celebrities use their private jets
Top greenhouse emitting celebrities
Taylor Swift: 8,293.54 tons of CO2 emissions
170 flights in 2022
Taylor Swift's reaction
Floyd Mayweather: 7,076.8 tons
10-minute flight of 1 ton
Jay-Z: 6,981.3 tons
With his wife Beyoncé?
Alex Rodriguez: 5,342.7 tons
Posting from the plane
Blake Shelton: 4,495 tons
With his wife Gwen Stefani
Steven Spielberg: 4,465 tons
Spoke out about global warming
Kim Kardashian: 4,268.5 tons
Kim K and her mom
Mark Wahlberg: 3,772.85 tons
Emitted as much as one person per year... in 40  minutes
Oprah Winfrey: 3,493.17 tons
Says we must take action -
Travis Scott: 3,033.3 tons
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
Nr 19 on the list: Kylie Jenner
Busted!
Another conspicuous frequent flyer: Drake
Drake's response
Indignance about celebrities' luxury travel
More greenhouse gases than Denmark
What about Elon Musk?
Elon is not
How celebrities use their private jets

While many households are worrying about their gas and electricity bills, an energy crisis is looming, and scientists warn about global warming, there's a tiny elite that continues to take their private jets on short trips without a care in the world. British marketing firm Yard counted the emissions of 40 celebrities' private jets and came up with some stunning results.

Top greenhouse emitting celebrities

Yard got the flight information from a Twitter account that analyzes ADS-B Exchange flight tracking data and filters out the jets of famous people: Celebrity jets (@CelebJets). Taking into account the number of trips and average flight time by each jet since the beginning of 2022, Yard compiled a list of "the top greenhouse gas emitting celebrities based on their routine use of private jets."

 

Taylor Swift: 8,293.54 tons of CO2 emissions

The number 1 on the list is surprising, because Taylor Swift is outspoken about climate change. Her flight emissions for 2022 - so far - are nearly 8,300 tons, or "1,200 times more than the average person's annual emissions," Newsweek reports on the basis of Yard's data.

170 flights in 2022

Yard claims that the singer has taken her private jet for 170 flights between January 1 and July 29. That's one flight for each day. She was 22,923 minutes, or 15.9 full days, in the air: "Quite a large amount considering that she is not currently touring," Yard states. The average flight time was 80 minutes, Newsweek adds, with the shortest flight being a 36-minute trip from Missouri to Nashville.

Taylor Swift's reaction

After the Yard report was released in late July, it rained criticism on Taylor Swift. In a public statement, her representative gave the following rebuttal to the press: "Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect."

Floyd Mayweather: 7,076.8 tons

Number 2 on the list of celebrities who pollute most with their private jets is Floyd Mayweather. The boxing champion emitted over 7,000 tons of CO2 in the first half of 2022 - only by flying his private jet.

10-minute flight of 1 ton

The Guardian noted that in the period of June-July 2022, Mayweather made some incredibly short trips. An example is his flight from Henderson, Nevada to Las Vegas, Nevada. These two cities are 16 miles apart: a 16-minute drive. Instead, the boxer's plane took 10 minutes to fly from one place to the other and emitted 1 ton of CO2.

Jay-Z: 6,981.3 tons

Rapper Jay-Z comes in third, taking 136 flights this year and producing just under 7,000 metric tons of carbon. The Guardian explains that the CO2 emissions of Jay-Z and other stars were calculated on the basis of flight time, fuel consumed, and plane type.

With his wife Beyoncé?

The data used by Yard doesn't specify who was in the planes. It's possible that some of Jay-Z's flights were actually taking his wife Beyoncé from one point to another. Beyoncé herself is not in Yard's top 10.

Alex Rodriguez: 5,342.7 tons

Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez, or A-Rod, emitted 5,300 tons of CO2 with his private jet in the first half of 2022. Keep in mind that the average U.S. citizen emits only 16 tons per year, which includes everything they do. (And Americans have the highest carbon footprint in the world, nature.org emphasizes.)

Posting from the plane

A-Rod likes his plane and he doesn't mind showing it to the public. Here we see a photo from his Instagram account on the day he attended Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president in 2021. His then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez performed at the ceremony.

Blake Shelton: 4,495 tons

Country star and Voice coach Blake Shelton likes to fly his plane, too. His private jet emitted almost 4,500 tons of CO2 in the first half of 2022.

With his wife Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani, his fellow coach at 'The Voice' and his wife since 2021, is not on the list provided by Yard. It's possible that she shares Blake's jet and accounts for some of its flights.

Steven Spielberg: 4,465 tons

Who would have thought that the director of - at least tangentially - environmentally conscious and technology-critical stories like 'Jurassic Park' and 'Artificial Intelligence' would be so careless with his private jet emissions?

Spoke out about global warming

Among his shortest flights was an 18-minute trip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in The Netherlands, Newsweek reports. And that's strange, cause the magazine quotes him as saying in 2018 that he is "terrified of global warming." He called it "a scientific reality... not a political trick. It's a true piece of real, measurable, quantifiable science."

Kim Kardashian: 4,268.5 tons

Kim Kardashian isn't that vocal about global warming. She takes short flights, The Guardian calculates on the basis of Yard and Celebrity Jet's data. In the period of June and July, her jet went from San Diego, California to Camarillo, California, in 30 minutes. The flight generated 3 tons in CO2.

Kim K and her mom

The family's decadent lifestyle is one of its selling points as social media and reality tv personalities. They don't mind posing with their private jets. Recently, as the Indian Express reported. Khloe Kardashian got backlash for sharing a picture of her daughter, True, posing inside a private jet. On this photo from 2010, we see her with her mom, Kris Jenner.

Mark Wahlberg: 3,772.85 tons

Mark Wahlberg is an incredibly rich guy. In fact, it will surprise you how much money he has made over the years with a variety of businesses. So it's not surprising that he flies private jets.

Emitted as much as one person per year... in 40 minutes

Still, the number of times he takes his jet is somewhat off-putting. How about this one, as reported by the Guardian: a flight from Las Vegas to Van Nuys, California. It took 40 minutes and cost 4 tons in CO2 emissions. According to The Guardian, that is "equal to the average annual global emissions of one person."

Oprah Winfrey: 3,493.17 tons

The talk show host and media entrepreneur is yet another celebrity who talks the talk about global warming but doesn't seem to walk the walk. According to Newsweek, "Winfrey has frequently shown her support for the environment by promoting climate change activists on her shows, as well as writing about nature and battling pollution on OprahDaily.com."

Says we must take action - "Now"

The magazine quotes her as saying: "The future of life as we know it is being determined by everything we're doing - and not doing. Now." So how about leaving that jet grounded a bit more, Oprah?

Travis Scott: 3,033.3 tons

The rapper and father of Kylie Jenner's kids is tenth on the list provided by Yard. His private jet emitted a little over 3,000 tons of CO2 in the months from January through June 2022.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner

It's possible that some of Scott's flights were shared with the media personality. According to Yard, Jenner came in 19th place on the celebrity private jets' list and was not included among the final docket of ten celebrities.

"Wanna take mine or yours?"

The fact that Scott and Jenner share planes was confirmed by a recent post on Kylie Jenner's Instagram account. As a real member of the Kardashian clan, she showed off the two planes she and her boyfriend own and added the caption: "You wanna take mine or yours?"

Nr 19 on the list: Kylie Jenner

Newsweek reported in early August that "in the last week, Jenner's plane, a 2019 Bombardier BD-700, has taken multiple flights which lasted less than 20 minutes." The reality TV star has received a lot of backlash on social media for her use of the jet.

Busted!

Jenner did not just brag about using the jet, but she was also caught several times by the Celebrity Jet tracker, marking 17-, 12- and even a 3-minute flight for the star's plane. As The Guardian says, her 17-minute flight "would have taken Jenner about 40 minutes in a car, causing just a fraction of the emissions."

Another conspicuous frequent flyer: Drake

The Guardian notes that Canadian rapper Drake may not have made the top 10 of Yard but is also under public scrutiny after Celebrity Jet exposed his flying excesses. His jet flew from Hamilton, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario, spending 18 minutes in the air and emitting 5 tons of Co2. "That's more than an average person per year," the newspaper stressed.

Drake's response

Drake responded to the controversy by commenting below a news story of Real Toronto Newz’s Instagram account. He said the plane was empty during that particular flight. "This is just them moving planes to whatever airport they are being stored at for anyone who was interested in the logistics," he wrote. "Nobody takes that flight." But does that make it any better?

Indignance about celebrities' luxury travel

The visibility of these luxury flights has triggered a debate in social media and opinion pages about the role that celebrities should play in battling the climate crisis.

 

More greenhouse gases than Denmark

The Guardian states that private jets "emit more than 33m tonnes of greenhouse gases, more than the country of Denmark, and because they carry so few people they are five to 14 times more polluting than commercial planes, per passenger, and 50 times more polluting than trains."

What about Elon Musk?

The person behind the Celebrity Jets account, Jack Sweeney, also analyzes the private trips of Elon Musk. When The Guardian asked him whether the billionaire wasn't just as much an abuser of private flights as the others, he replied that Musk was different.

 

Elon is not "flexing" like Kim

"With Elon he’s just trying to be as quick as possible and efficient for work," he said, "but someone like Kim Kardashian... is posting ‘Kim Air’ and flexing and all that."
So, for Sweeney, it's not so much the emissions but the bragging about the private jets that annoys him most.

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