Taylor Swift: Claims about the use of private jets are “blatantly untrue,” says spokesperson

A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has denied that the American pop star is responsible for “most or all” of the trips she took on her private jet after she was allegedly the most frequently used celebrity by sustainable marketing firm Yard, calling the claim “blatantly” untrue. “.

The Yard survey found that the Swift took 170 flights between January 1 and July 29, 2022, logging 15.9 days in the air with an average flight time of 80 minutes and 139.36 miles per flight. Total air emissions for 2022 were calculated at 8,293.54 tons – 1184.8 times more than the average annual total emissions.

“The Taylor plane is regularly loaned to other individuals,” the spokesperson told the Guardian, declining to comment further.

Yard collected data from Celebrity Twitter accountwhich automatically tracks specific planes, to highlight the “harmful impact of using private jets” after celebrity fans like Drake, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner called for astoundingly short flights at a time of deep climate crisis.

In July, Jenner, who is in a relationship with Scott, posted a photo of their plane on Instagram with the caption: “Would you like to take my picture or yours?” The Celebrity Jets Twitter account found that Jenner’s flight later that day only lasted 17 minutes.

Drake tried to defend his use of a massive private jet—a $185 million Boeing 767 that seats hundreds, modified to his taste—for a series of flights that lasted less than 20 minutes by saying the plane had been moved to a warehouse. Location and there are no passengers on board. One fan replied, “Okay but this is worse, don’t you see how this is worse?”

While Scott scored 10th in the Yard poll, neither Drake nor Jenner appeared on the list of the 10 worst offenders. Swift was followed by boxer Floyd Mayweather, with emissions of 7076.8 tons of carbon dioxide, and Jay-Z, with 6981.3 tons.

Former baseball player Alex Rodriguez is fourth, country singer Blake Shelton is fifth, director Steven Spielberg is sixth, Kim Kardashian is seventh, Mark Wahlberg is eighth, Oprah Winfrey is ninth, and Scott is tenth.

Private jets emit more than 33 million tons of greenhouse gases each year – more than the country of Denmark. Low passenger loads mean they are five to 14 times more polluted than commercial airliners per passenger, and 50 times more polluting than trains. Only 1% of the world’s population is responsible for half of aviation-related emissions.

The CelebJets accounts on Twitter and Instagram are run by Jack Sweeney, a student programmer at the University of Central Florida who previously tracked the movements of Russian oligarch and tech mogul Elon Musk, who was said to have offered him $5,000 to stop tracking his movements. “The amount of time and dedication you put into it is amazing,” Sweeney told Bloomberg. “5,000 dollars is not enough to bring it down.”

“It’s easy to get lost in the dazzling lives of the rich and famous, but unfortunately they are a huge part of the CO2e problem we have with the airline industry,” said Chris Butterworth, Yard’s Director of Digital Sustainability. Aviation is responsible for 2.4% of CO2 emissions. produced by humans every year, and research shows that there is a huge gap between the super-rich and us in terms of flights, travel, and even general emissions.”

Yard stated that her research “was not conclusive for the biggest offenders, but the biggest offenders according to the data as viewed on the Celebrity Jets Twitter page,” and said it wasn’t clear if the plane owners were on each flight.

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