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White House To Meet With Airline CEOs About Carbon Footprint As Kerry Remains Silent On Private Jet Use

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The White House is reportedly set to discuss carbon emissions reductions with airline CEOs even as it remains silent on the use of a private jet by top climate change adviser John Kerry.

According to Reuters, White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and economic adviser Brian Deese will have a virtual meeting Friday with the heads of four airlines — American, United, Delta, and Southwest.

It comes as the airlines reportedly lobbied the Biden administration to increase subsidies for low carbon fuel in order to combat climate change.

The Air Transport Action Group has said that air travel contributes just around 2% of global emissions. Private jet travel has come under greater scrutiny amid the climate debate, as elites create a much larger carbon footprint per capita than others who take commercial flights.

Private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights. Fox News previously reported that Kerry’s family jet racked up an estimated 116 metric tons of carbon emissions over the past year.

In 2019, Kerry took a private jet to receive the Arctic Circle award for climate leadership and was questioned on the apparent hypocrisy.

Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson confronted Kerry at the event over his choice of transportation, asking: “I understand that you came here with a privat… (Read more)

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