[Ed. – Bonus: the taxpayers picked up the tab. Reminder: this taxpayer-funded trip by the secretary of state had no foreign relations or diplomatic substance whatsoever.]
([CNSNews] Update: A reader points out that the calculations in this story are based on a first-class passenger flying commercial, whereas it would be more fitting to calculate CO2 emissions for the entire aircraft in the case of Secretary of State John Kerry’s dedicated Boeing 757. One source puts average CO2 emission for aircraft at 53.3 pounds per air mile, so Kerry’s current trip could be said to be responsible for 853.4 metric tons of CO2 – as many as 52 average Americans produce in a year.)
Secretary of State John Kerry winged his way Monday from New Zealand to the Middle East on the next leg of what may be his longest trip yet, a journey during which America’s top diplomat will account for roughly 16.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
That’s more or less the amount of CO2 – one of the key “greenhouse gases” blamed for global warming – produced by the average American in a full year, according to World Bank data.