According to reports, a private jet belonging to Steven Spielberg has burned greater than $116,000 worth of jet fuel since June. This is despite Steven being a climate activist who has continuously warned about global warming. He is known for his preachings about international warming, saying it “terrified” him. He also adds that it ripped individuals who “go blithely through life” without caring about their influence on the atmosphere.
Throughout a 2018 interview for his movie Ready Player One, he said, “I’m terrified of global warming. Global warming is a scientific reality. It’s not a political trick. It’s a true piece of real, measurable, quantifiable science.” People have to come around to believing that this is — we are going to have to have a kind of confrontation with destiny unless we do something about it today.”
He added that “everybody has to be held responsible” for their role in climate change. You know when you’re not mindful of something that could pose a danger to your children and grandchildren? Then you just go blithely through life with aerosol cans and doing all sorts of things that are depleting the ozone.”
According to flight monitoring knowledge from ADS-B Exchange, this information about his plane was compiled by the database Celebrity Jets. The famous Hollywood director’s aircraft, a Gulfstream G650, has burned at least $116,159 worth of jet fuel for 16 trips spanning nearly 17,000 miles since June 23.
According to Celebrity Jets, Spielberg’s jet traveled 3,589 miles on several trips. It traveled from Westhampton, New York, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 29, burning $21,183 worth of fuel and emitting 32 tons of carbon dioxide. The plane then traveled to Rotterdam, Netherlands, before returning to Westhampton on July 1, burning another $24,685 worth of fuel and emitting an additional 38 tons of carbon.
The jet also made long journeys from Westhampton to Van Nuys, California, on July 11, from Westhampton to Knock, Ireland, on July 21, and from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Van Nuys on Aug. 4. The most recent journey recorded was a brief flight on Thursday night from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to Teterboro.
Spielberg’s jet has emitted at least 179 tons of carbon dioxide over the last two months. Though most of the jet’s trips and fuel usage were recorded, the database didn’t calculate data for a few flights, including two Thursdays from Van Nuys to Chicago and from Chicago to Martha’s Vineyard. This means the figures for his jet trips are also underestimated as the last three trips were not recorded in the database.
CARBON FOOTPRINT FAIL: The figures are likely an underestimate since the database didn’t calculate fuel and distance metrics of at least three trips made by Steven Spielberg’s jet. https://t.co/Tsz1cse33z pic.twitter.com/rGCfR2LCTJ
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Spielberg is not the only hypocritical advocate. Leonardo DiCaprio, who has also preached about global warming, was discovered to have committed the same fraud last year. The Hollywood star went on several fossil fuel-powered journeys in the previous years while pushing for extreme measures to fight local weather change.
In 2016, DiCaprio reportedly flew 8,000 miles by private jet from Europe to New York City to accept an award for his environmental activism before returning to Europe for a charity occasion. That same year, DiCaprio took a private jet to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF gave DiCaprio its Crystal Award at the summit for his “leadership in tackling the climate crisis.”