U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s family still owns a private jet, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, Fox News reported Wednesday.
FAA records indicate a Gulfstream Aerospace jet is currently owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name of Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s, private charter jet company.
The plane’s registration certificate was reportedly issued July 2005 and does not expire until Oct. 2023.
Kerry’s campaign made 60 payments to his wife’s charter jet company, totaling $273,171 during his 2004 presidential run, according to Fox News.
As of 2013, Kerry reportedly owned “over $1,000,001” in assets for “Flying Squirrel LLC.”
Kerry was appointed by the Biden administration to tackle the global warming crisis and combat dependence on fossil fuels.
The Biden transition team said in November that Kerry was “an official dedicated to climate change, reflecting the president-elect’s commitment to addressing climate change as an urgent national security issue.”
Private jets have a massive environmental impact and have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.
Kerry came under fire on Wednesday for saying that fossil fuel workers who lose their jobs as a result of new climate policies should “have better choices,” such as manufacturing solar panels.
“You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician,” Kerry said during a news conference. “The same people can do those jobs. But the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice.”
“What an arrogant, out-of-touch statement for a centimillionaire to say,” Sen. Ted Cruz said in response to Kerry. “You know, ‘You little people, you know, I don’t like the choices you’re making, and so your jobs go away,’ as John Kerry said right there. Quelle surprise that the Democratic elites have decided that blue-collar workers, that union members, that men and women with calluses on their hands, they’ve made the wrong choices, in John Kerry’s words.”
“I’ve asked multiple Biden nominees what they would say to the union workers who just lost their jobs because Joe Biden decided they didn’t deserve a job,” Cruz added. “And essentially nominee after nominee after nominee has said, ‘Well, tough luck.’”
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