In the past few weeks, stars like Drake and Kylie Jenner have been called out for their frequent use of private jets to make short trips around their city. Taylor Swift has been added to that conversation, even though her representative says the pop star isn’t actually the one responsible for all that air travel.
Marketing and analytics agency Yard recently published a list of the top celebrity CO2 polluters in the world, revealing that Swift is actually the top offender when it comes to carbon emissions from private flights, taking 170 trips since January that emitted approximately 800 tons of carbon. That is roughly 1,184 times more than the average person’s total emissions in an entire year. By studying flight tracking maps, Yard learned that Swift has amassed 22,923 minutes of air time, with the average flight being just 80 minutes. Her shortest recorded flight of 2022 was a 36 minute trip from Missouri to Nashville. Buzzfeed News on Monday that these flights weren’t all Swift’s doing. “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” they said. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
Last week, Drake also received backlash for taking three flights in June that were under 20 minutes each on his $185 million private jet named “Air Drake.” These short jaunts reportedly resulted in around 15 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the Twitter account CelebJetsBut after multiple outlets reported on Drake’s high-price jaunts between Hamilton and Toronto, he commented on an Instagram post by Real Toronto Newz, explaining, “This is just them moving planes to whatever airport they are being stored at for anyone who was interested in the logistics…nobody takes that flight.”
But just because no one was on board, that doesn’t negate the environmental toll of these flights. Ian Borsuka climate campaign coordinator, said on CTV New Toronto, “I think we need to as a society have a conversation about whether we should be allowing these private flights to be happening in the first place. folks when, you know, they’re thinking to themselves, ‘Okay, well, I’m doing everything I can in my daily routine to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, such as taking public transit, buying local products, and things like that.”