Prominent climate activists claim individuals must make certain sacrifices for the sake of the environment.
But while President Joe Biden has already taken action meant to combat climate change, some in his administration, including climate adviser John Kerry, do not seem willing to make sacrifices of their own — and one newly released video isn’t helping matters.
A flight to Iceland
Prior to accepting his new role as White House climate czar, Kerry defended his controversial decision to travel by private plane to receive an award in Iceland in 2019.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kerry somewhat ironically took the flight so that he could be congratulated for his work in combating climate change.
He has since joined the Biden administration, which has marked its first two weeks with orders including the cancellation of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and limitation of drilling on public land, reports note.
Embroiled in controversy
As the Examiner reported, the use of a private aircraft can produce as much as 40 times the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere as a commercial flight. Nevertheless, Kerry seemed unbothered by his decision to take such a flight, telling a reporter earlier this week that it was “the only choice” for a world traveler like himself.
“I’ve been involved in this fight for years,” he explained. “I negotiated with [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping] to bring President Xi to the table so we could get Paris [climate agreement].”
Take a look at a clip first shared by the Examiner:
.@JohnKerry suggests trying to force Americans to emit less CO2 via the Paris Accord makes up for his use of private jets; “only choice for someone like me” [h/t @FoxNews https://t.co/V2pQDMlggU] pic.twitter.com/YrhWA0cqwT
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 3, 2021
“Meet with people and get things done”
Kerry later attempted to explain his supposed need for a private plane, asserting that he “can’t sail across the ocean” and has “to fly to meet with people and get things done.”
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher, however, does not believe that argument holds water.
“Remember, he is the man who opposed a wind project on the Nantucket Sound because he didn’t want to see the view outside his window,” Fleischer said, according to Newsbreak.