John Kerry, who was recently appointed by the Biden Administration as the Special Envoy on climate change, was spotted riding a private jet to Iceland in 2019 to receive the Arctic Circle award, according to Fox News reported.
John Kerry rode a private jet to receive his award for leadership against climate change in Iceland in 2019.
Mr. Kerry received the Arctic Circle Award for his role in presiding over the Paris Climate Agreement negotiations as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. In his speech at the awards ceremony in Reykjavik, he said that “urgent action” is needed to combat the warming climate.
When criticized by local media and award organizers for his mode of transport, Mr. Kerry said it was “The only choice for people like me.”
“I understand that you came here by private jet”, Icelandic correspondent Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson told Mr. Kerry after the event, according to an interview that Fox found. “Is that a way of moving to protect the environment?”
The former Secretary of State replied that he is someone who has traveled the world fighting climate change, so traveling by private plane is “the only option for people like me”, saying that what he did “offset” the carbon that his flights emitted.
Mr. Kerry added, “I negotiated the Paris Agreement for the United States. I have been involved in this war for many years. I negotiated with the Chairman [Trung Quốc] Practice [Cận Bình] to bring President Xi to the negotiating table so we can get the Paris Treaty. And, I believe, when I need to get somewhere, I can’t sail across the ocean. I have to fly, meet people and get things done. “
The former Secretary of State continued to justify his choice of movement while clearly ignoring the fact that he had the option of flying commercial airlines.
He went on to say: “What I’m doing, almost full time, is to win this fight against climate change.”
At a White House briefing last week, Mr. Kerry admitted that the Biden Administration’s effort to bring the United States to zero emissions won’t make much of a difference in the fight against global climate change.
He also suggested that coal and gas workers affected by Mr. Biden’s fossil fuel-fighting scheme could easily switch to other “green” jobs.
Fox News previously discovered that Mr. Kerry’s private jet emitted an estimated 116 tons of carbon between trips between February 9, 2020 and January 10, 2021.
Private jets are estimated to emit 40 times more carbon per passenger than commercial flights.