Taylor Swift catches a lot of heat over jet travel. Here’s her actual impact

Nick Loris was quoted in USA Today about Taylor Swift’s private jet impact.

Nick Loris, the vice president of public policy for C3 Solutions, a conservative climate coalition looking to improve energy abundance and energy affordability, helps to put Swift’s jet-setting impact into perspective.

“While aviation is important and private aviation is a pretty high contributor to the industry, it’s still a relatively small percentage of overall global greenhouse gas emissions,” he says. “Some of the top emissions are caused by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat and transportation, so coal, oil and to a lesser extent natural gas. Buildings use a lot of energy, and we primarily use gasoline and diesel to get around. Industry and agriculture are other fairly big contributors.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, aircraft accounts for 9% of carbon-related emissions in the United States. Private jets produce at least 10 times more emissions than commercial flights per passenger.

Loris notes the reality is Swift can’t fly commercial. It would lead to a surfeit of issues with logistics and security; consider the circle of security guards that surround her on red carpets.

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