Climate activists have been raging at pop star Taylor Swift after learning her private jet has taken 170 flights so far this year.
According to research from Yard, a sustainable marketing agency that gathered “cutting-edge data” on the celebrities with the “worst private jet Co2 emissions” in 2022, Swift’s private jet flew 170 times this year with an average time of 80 minutes:
Taylor Swift might be today’s pop princess, but Yard’s research found that Miss Swift is the biggest celebrity CO2e polluter of this year so far. Racking up a total of 170 flights on her private jet since January, Taylor has amassed a vast 22,923 minutes in the air – 15.9 days. Quite a large amount considering that she is not currently touring.
Taylor’s average flight time is just 80 minutes and an average of 139.36 miles per flight. Her total flight emissions for the year come in at 8,293.54 tonnes or 1,184.8 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions. Taylor’s shortest recorded flight of 2022 was just 36 minutes, flying from Missouri to Nashville.
Swift’s carbon print was followed closely by boxing champion Floyd Mayweather while movie mogul Steven Spielberg stood at number 6.
“Legendary film director Steven Spielberg is sixth on the list, taking 61 flights this year and emitting 4,465 tonnes of CO2 from his private jet– 637.9 times more than the average person’s annual emissions,” Yard noted. “Spielberg, however, has the second-longest average flight time on this list, coming in at 107.31 minutes, or about an hour and 47 minutes.”
Taylor Swift needs her private jet how else will she travel around the world collecting every sparkly body-con jumpsuit in existence
— Zach Schiffman (@schlife) July 31, 2022
The problem goes far beyond Taylor Swift and private jets. Celebs, corporations and the uber-rich leaving massive carbon footprints is a worldwide trend. The wealthiest 1% emits about 70 times more carbon than the bottom 50%.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 30, 2022
Taylor Swift's reps are inept lol "she loans her jet to other famous people to pollute the skies" is not the move. The correct strategy is to ignore this + have Taylor make a self-deprecating joke about it. After that, you take the jet out of commission and leak the news.
— ART TAVANA (@arttavana) July 30, 2022
Oh really? If the private jet can be "loaned out" so easily, why does she need one? Just borrow one when needed, or use a private jet charter…
— Richard Thripp, PhD (@Thripp2020) July 30, 2022
A representative for Taylor Swift told TMZ that she did not take all 170 flights and that she “loaned” the jet out to other individuals.
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect,” the rep said.
The backlash against Taylor Swift comes after green activists deemed Kylie Jenner a “climate criminal” for advertising her rather quick private jet flights with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Though Kylie did not make the cut for Yard’s worst CO2 offenders, Travis Scott earned the number 10 spot.