Taylor Swift has responded through a representative to a scathing report that put her at the top of a list of celebrities whose private jets produce the most CO2 emissions.
“Taylor’s jet is regularly loaned to other individuals,” the pop star’s representative told Rolling Stone. “It is utterly inaccurate to attribute most or all of these trips to her.”
However, Yard himself noted that his ranking was not “convincing” as @CelebJets doesn’t track every famous person who takes private flights. For example, the account seems to be largely geared towards entertainers, and the Florida college student who created @CelebJets actually has separate Twitter accounts tracking billionaires’ private flights, such as Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
Nevertheless, Swift made headlines after the report named her the biggest carbon emitter of the year, with her plane totaling 170 flights and 22,923 minutes in the air so far.
Yard made the report shortly after Kylie Jenner faced widespread criticism over her private jet use, with the reality TV star being labeled a “climate criminal” on social media. But of the celebrities in the survey, Jenner wasn’t even in the top 10. After Swift, the celebrities whose jets were ranked as having the most airtime were Floyd Mayweather, Jay-Z, Alex Rodriguez, Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Travis Scott. Rolling Stone also reached out to the other celebrities on the list, but Swift’s rep was the only one to respond.
The average resident of the United States has an annual carbon footprint of 16 tons, while the annual average worldwide is around 4 tons, according to The Nature Conservancy. By contrast, this year’s estimated CO2 emissions from the jet owned by Swift were 8,293.54 tons.