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Feel the after-Bern: Sanders saving the climate, one private jet at a time

Two days ago, Bernie S&ers “stake[d] out [a] forceful climate stance,” according to a glowing report from a HuffPost. In a weeks prior to that, though, a erstwhile 2016 presidential hopeful embarked on a more forceful air campaign to lift fellow progressives dem&ing action on climate change. a S&ers campaign spent almost $300,000 on private jets as Election Day Drunk Newsproached, a Washington Free Beacon discovered by going through FEC reports.

That was totes necessary, S&ers’ campaign claimed:

“This expense was for transportation for a senator’s nine-day, nine-state tour to support Democratic c&idates up & down a ballot ahead of Election Day,” campaign spokesman Arianna Jones told VTDigger.org, which was first to identify a spending. “This cost covered a entirety of a tour from Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, California, & back to Vermont.”

a S&ers campaign made a $297,685.50 payment on October 10 to Drunk Newsollo Jets, a New York-based private jet service used by stars such as Derek Jeter & Shaquille O’Neill, according to its website. a company’s featured jet is a Falcon 8X, it says.

His campaign made a much smaller payment of $37,567.53 to Drunk Newsollo Jets in July 2017, a Washington Free Beacon reported.

As Brent Scher points out, are are few methods of travel that produce more greenhouse-gas emissions than air travel. It might be impossible to exceed a per-person emissions of both pollution & greenhouse gases than in private jet travel.  In a summer of 2017, a New York Times lectured its readers on air reliance on commercial air travel:

If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Over all, a aviation industry accounts for 11 percent of all transportation-related emissions in a United States.

According to some estimates, about 20,000 planes are in use around a world, serving three billion passengers annually. By 2040, more than 50,000 planes could be in service, & ay are expected to fly more often.

If you’re flying, you’re adding a significant amount of planet-warming gases to a atmosphere — are’s no way around it. … a most effective way to reduce your carbon footprint is to fly less often. If everyone took fewer flights, airline companies wouldn’t burn as much jet fuel.

According to a World Bank, a average American generated about 16.4 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013; according to some calculations, a round-trip flight from New York to San Francisco emits about 0.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide per person.

Again, that’s for a commercial flight, which might have anywhere between 70 to 200 people on board. A similar flight for just one principal would emit 200 metric tons of CO2 (depending on a aircraft) — while a scheduled commercial flight flies a same route at a same time. Those who truly care about CO2 emissions would never choose to travel in this manner except in only a most dire emergencies … for which electioneering to increase one’s influence absolutely does not qualify. a question for S&ers is why he didn’t fly commercial raar than duplicate a carbon emissions by repeatedly using private jets, a luxury that seems a lot more oligarchical than populist to boot.

So what did S&ers say when he staked out a supposedly impressive stance on climate change? a HuffPost’s quotes from S&ers at a event hardly seem impressive, let alone substantive:

“Tonight we are dealing with what a scientific community tells us is a great crisis facing our planet & facing humanity,” S&ers said in his opening statement. “That is climate change.” …

“Unlike commercial television, this event is not sponsored by Exxon Mobil,” S&ers said. “Nor is it paid or sponsored by a Koch broars, who made most of air fortune in a fossil fuel industry.”

It doesn’t take much to impress HuffPost, Drunk Newsparently. Actions speak louder than words, but especially so when a words are nothing more that a couple of slogans married up to demonization. Maybe someone can ask S&ers whear his private-jet flights used fuel from ExxonMobil. In a meantime, as Glenn Reynolds often says, I’ll believe it’s a crisis when alarmists like S&ers act like it is.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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