Meta’s CEO’s private plane made 28 trips in less than two months, according to flight data.
Those flights produced about 253 tons of carbon emissions, an analysis shows.
The average American produces 16 tons of carbon per year, according to The Nature Conservancy.
In just two months, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s private jet emitted 15 times more carbon than the average American produces in a year.
In 28 trips between August 20 and October 15, Zuckerberg’s plane released more than 253 tons of carbon, according to data collected by Fox News.
By comparison, the average American has an annual carbon footprint of 16 tons, according to the environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy.
The Gulfstream G650 jet, which retails for $ 65 million, burned over $ 150,000 of jet fuel on its many voyages across the United States over the two-month period.
While some trips were cross-country, others were much shorter, such as a three-minute, 18-mile trip between two Arizona airstrips on October 15.
The data was collected using Jack Sweeney’s ADS-B Exchange flight tracking software, which runs a series of Twitter accounts dedicated to tracking the movements of billionaires’ private jets.
Sweeney had previously turned down $ 5,000 from Elon Musk to stop tracking his private jet.
When Sweeney first launched the ZuccJet account, told Bloomberg: “I find it interesting that he follows us on Facebook, so it’s funny that this guy is tracking him.”
Meta previously explained that the billionaire’s safety program requires him to use private planes for travel. The Financial Times reported that the company spent $ 1.6 million on Zuckerberg’s flights in 2021.
Last year, Facebook stepped up efforts to combat climate change disinformation with its Climate Science Information Center. “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues impacting our world today and Meta is committed to helping address this global challenge,” said the company.
Zuckerberg also said the metaverse will be a way to reduce carbon emissions, describing it as “better for society and the planet in general,” in an interview with The Information. In February, his philanthropic organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, invested $ 44 million in climate technology.
Tracking the rich and famous and the movements of their private jets has become something of a social media phenomenon, with Bernard Arnault, the second richest person in the world, claiming last week that he sold his private jet after that people have started following him online. Musician Taylor Swift has also drawn criticism for her frequent use of private jet travel.
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