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Kerry’s Airplane Travel Emits More CO2 Than 2,700 American Homes

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John Kerry may be responsible for emitting more carbon dioxide emissions than any other Secretary of State in U.S. history.

Kerry has flown more than 1.06 million miles as the top U.S. diplomat, according to the Associated Press, surpassing the airline travel of all former secretaries, including Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice. And Kerry will rack up even more miles as he finishes out his tenure in in the Obama administration.

That’s a lot of carbon dioxide emissions for someone who consistently sounds the alarm on man-made global warming, which he says is mainly fossil fuel driven. Kerry recently gave a speech about how not stopping fossil fuels would result in “most of lower Manhattan … flooded by the very end of this very century – during the life span of babies born today.”

Kerry has emitted more than 30,000 tons of CO2 from his flights to 80 countries around the world while heading the State Department. As Secretary of State, Kerry flies a Boeing 757, which burns 3 gallons of jet fuel every mile it travels. Kerry has used 3.2 million gallons of jet fuel flying more than 1.06 million miles, which means his air travel emitted nearly 67.1 million pounds of CO2.

That’s equivalent to the energy use of more than 2,700 Americans homes over one year, and equal to the amount of driving more than 6,400 cars over a year, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis of federal emissions data.

The CO2 emissions from Kerry’s airplane travel is like filling 403 fuel tankers full of gasoline or burning 32.7 million pounds of coal. He could have driven a car 72.5 million miles or even just burned more than 70,700 barrels of crude oil.

“The former Massachusetts senator and former Democratic presidential nominee has spent more than 2,300 hours — or 96 days — in the air since becoming secretary of state in February 2013,” according to AP. “He has spent parts of 467 different days on his well-worn government plane.”

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