Despite her increasingly aggressive stance on climate change – the Democratic leader insists the US has a “moral obligation” to address climate change – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has shelled out $500,000 for flights on private jets since October 2020.
The California Dem’s campaign paid Virginia-based Advanced Aviation Team a total of $423,707.62 for travel services on 10 occasions between October 2020 and December 2021, according to the Speaker’s latest FEC filings, which were reported by Fox News. In January last year, Pelosi’s campaign also paid California-based Clay Lacy Aviation $65,457.23, bringing its private jet expenses to a total of $489,164.85.
Private jets produce more carbon dioxide emissions per passenger than commercial airplanes, according to an analysis by the European Transport & Environment.
“Flying on a private jet is probably the worst thing you can do for the environment,” said T&E aviation director Andrew Murphy in the organization’s report. “And yet, super-rich super polluters are flying around like there’s no climate crisis.”
Her hypocrisy is nothing new. As we have pointed out, the Davos crowd of globe-trotting business and political elites and their billionaire backers love taking their private jets to the Swiss conclave (at least, when it’s not being cancelled due to the COVID pandemic) where they talk in urgent tones about the importance of combating the climate crisis.
Other prominent Democrats including her former colleague Secretary of State John Kerry has been criticized for his use of a private jet while serving as the Biden Administration’s climate czar.