The ultra-wealthy’s private jets are under scrutiny - The Hustle
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The ultra-wealthy’s private jets are under scrutiny

Celebs are taking private jets despite climate change woes. One Twitter account is tracking them.

Here in drought-stricken California, we’re composting food scraps, running appliances on energy-saver mode, and letting it mellow if it’s yellow. Except for Kylie Jenner, who’s taking her private jet on 17-minute flights.

We know this thanks to @CelebJets, the Twitter account exposing the uber-rich and their clown shoe-sized carbon footprints.

Jenner became its most recent target amid backlash surrounding an Insta post featuring two jets: hers and partner Travis Scott’s.

But it all started with Elon Musk…

… as most internet drama does.

Jack Sweeney, 19, began using FAA data to track Musk’s PJ, leading the billionaire to offer him $5k to please stop. Instead, Sweeney expanded his jet-tracking and added estimated fuel use and carbon emissions, per Protocol.

What’s the climate impact?

Private jets are 5x-14x more polluting than commercial planes, and 50x more so than trains.

To put that into perspective, a recent 17-minute jaunt aboard Jenner’s $72m Bombardier BD 700 jet made up about a quarter of an average plebe’s annual carbon footprint, per The Guardian.

The question is, Will the rich be cyberbullied into more responsible forms of transit or tell everyone to eat cake?

BTW: Curious as to whose private jet use results in the most emissions? Apparently, it’s Taylor Swift.

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