Environmental activists decrying fossil fuels and carbon footprints, left by “irresponsible” commuters, are often plagued by reports of their own travel habits (example: Leonardo DiCaprio).
To that end, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who has said global warming is causing “devastating problems” around the world, reportedly spent a lot of time on luxury jets during his failed presidential bid in 2016.
According to Federal Election Commission records, Sanders spent $37,567.53 on luxury private jet travel, with the funds for the expenditure coming from his Senate campaign committee, Friends of Bernie Sanders, and paid to the New York-based private charter company, Apollo Jets.
In 2014, Sanders wrote on his website: “The scientific community is clear: Global warming is real and it is caused by human activity. In terms of droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances, global warming is already causing devastating problems.”
In an op-ed, titled, “Why We Need a Carbon Tax,” Sanders expressed why he believes such a tax is appropriate.
“A carbon tax is the most straight-forward and efficient strategy for quickly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” he wrote, explaining that a 2008 report from the Congressional Budget Office found that an “incentive-based” tax on emissions was both an efficient and easy method of reducing emissions.
“Taxing carbon will also mean that the price of fossil fuels will reflect their real costs to our communities. The dirtier the fuel, the more expensive it will be,” Sanders said at the time.
After having introduced what he called the “most comprehensive climate change legislation,” which included a tax on carbon, Sanders condemned the use of fossil fuels during a Democratic primary debate in April 2016 against twice-failed presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
The Daily Mail reported that the day after that debate, Sanders took a Delta 767 chartered flight to Rome, Italy to address wealth inequality at a Vatican conference. While the plane could seat between 211 and 261 people, there were less than 50 individuals on board.
On Twitter, Sanders has spouted about global warming and environmental responsibility many times. “Scientists are virtually unanimous that climate change is real and caused by human activity,” he tweeted earlier this year. “Climate change is the global crisis of our time,” he wrote days later.
He also said, “Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and the United States must lead the world in reversing its effects.” Such leadership is evidently not as important when denouncing wealth or running for president.
Climate change is real, it is caused by human activity, and the United States must lead the world in reversing its effects.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 29, 2016
Scientists are virtually unanimous that climate change is real and caused by human activity. Mr. Pruitt refuses to recognize that.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 16, 2017
Climate change is the global crisis of our time. Bill Nye and I are sitting down to talk about why that is:https://t.co/QOmGFW7i2L
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 27, 2017
Trump’s belief that climate change is a “hoax” isn’t just embarrassingly stupid, it’s a threat to our entire planet. https://t.co/Ev1nDgr7Jp
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 1, 2017
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