Private Jet Traffic Bumped Up 30 Percent During California Climate Conference

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter

San Francisco International Airport’s corporate jet traffic rose roughly 30 percent during an international climate change conference in California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown hosted the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco from Wednesday to Friday. Brown traveled to the conference by car with his security detail, but the governor is known for his lavish travel on other occasions, such as a 2016 trip to Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine with real-estate tycoon and Democrat Party donor George Marcus. (RELATED: Gov. Brown Is Launching California Into Space — To Fight Global Warming)

More than 4,000 elected officials, executives and environmentalists converged in San Francisco for the climate conference where participants discussed the threat of climate change and looked for solutions.

Corporate jet traffic increased 30 percent over normal at San Francisco’s airport during the three-day conference, with much of the congestion due to attendees, airport spokesman Doug Yakel told The San Francisco Chronicle.

Thousands of environmental activists protested the conference, claiming Brown had not done enough to fight climate change. Crowds chanted “Tell Brown to keep it in the ground,” likely referring to 20,000 oil and gas drilling operations that took place in California under Brown’s leadership.

Protesters also blocked off the entrance to the climate summit and stopped people from getting in or out until police removed the activists.

The last night of the conference, Brown announced a plan to launch a state satellite into space to monitor the effects of climate change.

“With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite,” Brown said, according to the Las Angeles Times. “This groundbreaking initiative will help governments, businesses and landowners pinpoint — and stop — destructive emissions with unprecedented precision, on a scale that’s never been done before.”

The satellite, though years away, is likely part of Brown’s plan for California to eventually maintain “negative” carbon emissions after the year 2045.

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