Taylor Swift responded via a representative to a damning report that put her at the top of the list of celebrities whose private jets emit the most carbon dioxide.
“Taylor’s plane is regularly loaned out to other individuals,” the pop star representative told Rolling Stone. “Attributing most or all of these trips to her is grossly incorrect.”
However, Yard herself indicated that her ratings weren’t “categorical,” because CelebJets doesn’t track every celebrity who takes private trips. For example, the account appears to be largely focused on artists, and the Florida college student who created CelebJets already has separate Twitter accounts that track the private flights of billionaires like Elon Musk And the Jeff Bezos.
However, Swift made headlines after the report named her the No. 1 notorious carbon dioxide polluter of the year, with her plane flying a total of 170 flights and 22,923 minutes in the air so far.
Yard prepared the report shortly after Kylie Jenner faced widespread backlash over her use of the private jet, calling the reality TV star a “climate criminal” on social media. But among the celebrities surveyed, Jenner wasn’t even in the top ten. After Swift, the celebrities whose jets have rated the longest 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 representative was the only one who responded.
The average annual carbon footprint for a resident in the United States is 16 tons of emissions, while the average annual globally is about 4 tons, according to The Nature Conservancy. In contrast, this year’s estimated carbon emissions from the aircraft owned by Swift were 8,293.54 tons.