John Kerry, President Biden’s top environmental policy adviser, still owns a private jet — despite his intention of fighting fossil fuels in the new administration, according to a report.
A Federal Aviation Administration registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace aircraft owned by Flying Squirrel LLC, the name previously reported as the climate czar’s wife Teresa Heinz-Kerry’s private charter jet company, Fox News reported.
The company’s address in the registry matches that of the Heinz Family Foundation, according to the network.
The plane’s registration certificate was issued in July 2005 and expires in October 2023, according to FAA records cited by Fox News.
It unclear how much Kerry benefited from his wife’s company, but corporate jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial aircraft, the outlet noted.
During his 2004 presidential run, Kerry’s campaign made 60 payments to his wife’s company, totaling $273,171.
As late as 2013, the then-Secretary of State’s executive branch personnel financial disclosure showed him owning “over $1,000,001” in assets for “Flying Squirrel LLC” through his wife, Fox News reported.
The White House and the Heinz family office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
During Wednesday remarks at the White House, responding to a question about Biden’s climate plan causing massive job losses in the oil, gas and coal industries, Kerry insisted that people working in industries disrupted by environmental efforts “have better choices” and can “go to work to make the solar panels.”
“They’ve been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense,” Kerry said. “No, it’s not. What’s happening to them is happening because of other market forces already taking place.”
“Coal plants have been closing over the last 20 years. So what President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, and they can be the people who go to work to make the solar panels.”