U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s family still owns a private jet, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.
A Gulfstream Aerospace jet is currently owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name of Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s private charter jet company, Fox News reported Wednesday, citing the FAA’s registry.
FAA records show the plane’s registration certificate was issued July 2005 and runs through October 2023.
“You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician,” he said during a news conference. “The same people can do those jobs. But the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice.”
Fox News reported that it was unclear whether or how much Kerry has benefited from his wife’s company, although the former Democratic presidential nominee did make 60 payments to the charter jet company during his 2004 presidential bid, according to the New York Post.
Kerry owned “over $1,000,001” in assets for “Flying Squirrel LLC” in 2013, according to his executive branch personnel financial disclosure, Fox News reported.
Private jets can emit up to 20 times more carbon dioxide per passenger than an average commercial airliner. Examples of well-known climate activists using private jets abound.
In 2016, the Daily Caller News Foundation calculated that actor Leonardo DiCaprio burned the equivalent of around 90 tons of coal by taking a private jet on an 8,000-mile round-trip flight from France to New York City to pick up an environmental award. (RELATED: Clinton Campaign Never Bought ‘Carbon Offsets’ To Atone For Hillary’s Private Jet Rides)
Similarly, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders spent almost $300,000 for private jet use during his 2018 Senatorial re-election campaign.