Hollywood director Steven Spielberg is the owner of a Gulfstream G650, a private jet that has a minimum price tag of $38.9 million but can cost up to $60 million. The annual budget for flying the G650 is reportedly in the neighborhood of $2.9 million. Spielberg's private jet consumes 500 gallons of fuel per hour. The American driver, by way of comparison, uses on average 656 gallons of fuel a year.
The Yard Group analyzed flight data from the ADS-B Exchange compiled by Jack H. Sweeney's Celebrity Jets and determined that Spielberg's plane has burned at least $116,159 worth of jet fuel during the 16 trips across 17,000 miles it has flown since June 23. This figure is reportedly a gross underestimate, as fuel and distance metrics for an additional three trips have not been included in the final tally.
Spielberg's expulsion of exhaust — 4,465 tons of CO2 in 2022 alone — has prompted some criticism, especially as the Hollywood director has long been an outspoken climate critic and global warming fretter.
When promoting his film "Ready Player One" in 2018, Spielberg claimed global warming "terrified" him.
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Spielberg noted that "global warming is a scientific reality. It's not a political trick. It's a true piece of real, measurable, quantifiable science." He suggested that when it comes to global warming, "everybody has to be held responsible," particularly those who "go blithely through life" without concerning themselves with their impact on the environment.
Including flights from Westhampton to Van Nuys, California, and from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to Teterboro, New Jersey, the Hollywood director's jet has emitted over 179 tons of carbon dioxide since late June. The average yearly carbon footprint for an American is 16 tons.
Spielberg is not the only climate-conscious celebrity who recently generated a great deal of carbon emissions.
For the 170 flights her jet has embarked on since January, totaling 15.9 days in the air, Taylor Swift was named "biggest celebrity CO2e polluter of the year." Her flight emissions for the year are an estimated 8,293.54 tons.
According to the Yard Group, Floyd Mayweather and Jay-Z are runners-up for biggest celebrity polluters, with 7,076.8 and 6,981.3 tons of CO2 emissions, respectively.
Kim Kardashian and Oprah Winfrey also make the top ten list of celebrity polluters. Kardashian's 4,268.5 tons of emissions from 57 flights constitute 609.8 times more than the average person emits in a year. Winfrey's 68 flights generated 499 times more carbon emissions than the average person produces in a year.
Celebrities are not only leaving large carbon footprints by their air travel.
Leonardo DiCaprio, alleged to be "one of the world's top climate change champions," chartered and vacations on a $150 million superyacht, which costs $293,897.50 to fuel up and produces an estimated 524.7 pounds of C02 per mile.
Steve Milloy, a former energy official on former President Donald Trump's transition team, spoke to Fox News about the disconnect between celebrities' climate rhetoric and their actions: "There's not a single climate activist who is not a complete hypocrite about all this. ... Everything they do is just total hypocrisy. I would say they have no self-awareness, but they just don't care. All this is really meant to control us."