Private Jet Travel Skyrockets Among Climate Change-Obsessed 2020 Democrats


Despite a focus on climate policy in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, recent months have seen campaign expenditures on privately chartered flights skyrocketing among the candidates.

According to The Hill, Democratic candidates collectively spent about $680,000 worth of campaign donations traveling the country by private jet in the second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

In the past three months, that spending has tripled to nearly $2.2 million.

In other words, the supposedly climate-conscious Democrats managed to increase their spending on gas-guzzling private jet travel by more than 220 percent.

The biggest offender was former Vice President Joe Biden, who accounted for nearly half of that $2.2 million at approximately $924,000, The Hill reported.

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But Biden certainly was not the only candidate spending more on jet fuel than the average American could dream of spending in three lifetimes.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and California Sen. Kamala Harris — both struggling to rise above 10 percent support in the polls, according to RealClearPolitics average — spent $479,000 and $253,000, respectively.

In terms of spending increases, however, Buttigieg could not hold a candle to Harris’ metaphorical flame — which grew to 48 times its second-quarter size.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont also broke the top five in private expenditures last quarter, despite their radical left views and policy proposals on the topic of climate change.

The two admittedly had kept such expenditures down at the outset of their campaigns — managing to consistently battle it out for second and third place in national polling support with less than $20,000 apiece spent on private flights cross-country.

To their credit, Sanders and Warren were even caught on camera flying coach on the same plane at the outset of the campaign.

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Still, in the third quarter, their campaigns gave way to massive spending increases that totaled in the hundreds of thousands by the quarter’s end on Sept. 30.

According to The Hill, both Buttigieg and Warren excused the spending, telling the outlet they had given sizable donations to carbon emissions offsetting firms.

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But a single private jet flight releases approximately eight times more carbon dioxide per traveler than the average airline flight by the most conservative estimates, according to The Independent.

And these politicians and climate activists are, by and large, taking more private flights than the average American makes in a year. In fact, some are making more flights than some American voters make in a lifetime.

Of course, this has not stopped them from throwing immense support behind the left’s knee-jerk shift toward radical climate sensationalism.

Warren and Sanders have been the most vocal on the issue, with Warren unveiling a $2 trillion global climate plan on the trail in June and Sanders calling climate change the “biggest crisis of all.”

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.