John Kerry has served as U.S. special presidential envoy for climate since January 2021. In the position, Kerry is supposed to focus on the foreign policy and international aspects of the so-called climate crisis. It turns out his rhetoric may be out of sync with his actions, which appear to be exacerbating the problems he has been tasked with addressing.
On Thursday, the Washington Free Beacon published a report indicating that Kerry has flown over 180,000 miles when conducting his affairs as climate envoy, despite having access to high-quality teleconferencing technologies with which he could remotely engage foreign dignitaries.
Analysis of fuel consumption, mileage, travel plans, and projected exhaust figures showed that Kerry is responsible for the emission of over 9.54 million pounds (4,772 tons) of carbon since March 2021. That's approximately 300 times more than the average American's yearly carbon footprint, which is 16 tons.
The accounting for these figures takes into consideration Kerry's 75 official travel announcements and destinations as well as his plane's average carbon dioxide production per mile, approximately 53.3 pounds.
This revelation comes just months after it was reported that the Kerry family's private jet, a Gulfstream GIV-Sp, had belched over 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide since January 2021. The executive director of the energy advocacy organization Power the Future, Daniel Turner, told Fox News Digital that "John Kerry and the climate hypocrites who run the green movement ... refuse to voluntarily live how they want the rest of us to be forced to live."
Although Kerry's office did not respond to the Free Beacon for comment, he has already provided a rationale for his mode of transportation and the method by which he promotes the Biden administration's message on record.
In 2019, he defended his decision to take a carbon-spewing jet to Iceland to pick up a climate change leadership award. In response to a question posed by an Icelandic reporter about whether a private jet was the most "environmental way to travel," Kerry said, "If you offset your carbon, it's the only choice for somebody like me who is traveling the world to win this battle."
Carbon offsetting involves paying off other people or groups to reduce their emissions to compensate for your own.
Kerry noted further, "What I'm doing, almost full time ... is working to win the battle on climate change."
While winning the battle, for Kerry, involves emitting nearly 5,000 tons of carbon, the battle won will have meant removing the very same CO2 from the atmosphere.
Kerry told CBS News last winter that "to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis ... we have nine years left ... There is no room for BS any more."
With only nine years left and absent room for "BS," Kerry must continue to travel the world demanding fewer carbon emissions.
In March, at a conference on the future of energy, Kerry spoke of the perceived need for the world to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050. He asserted that a "45% reduction in emissions in eight years" was necessary to achieve this goal.
John Kerry is not the only climate warrior whose activism results in a great deal of exhaust.
Former Vice President Al Gore — who will join Kerry on September 20 at a New York Times climate event — has similarly been accused of excessively emitting while telling others to cut down themselves.
The NCPPR obtained Gore's electricity usage through public records requests and via the Nashville Electric Service. Gore, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, used more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years. The electricity he uses, via the NES, derives majoritively from nuclear, coal, and natural gas.
Gore told CBS News in January that "job number one is to stop using the sky as an open sewer for all this man-made global warming pollution."
Other recognizable climate-conscious figures have been recently outed for their carbon output.
In August, TheBlaze reported how Steven Spielberg, admittedly "terrified" of global warming, is the owner of a multimillion-dollar private jet that expelled 4,465 tons of CO2 in 2022.
Taylor Swift was named "biggest celebrity CO2e polluter of the year" after her private jet's 170 flights in 2022 produced over 8,293.54 tons of carbon emissions.