A private jet owned by Steven Spielberg has burned more than $116,000 worth of jet fuel since June despite the famous Hollywood director’s previous warnings about global warming, according to a flight tracking database.
Spielberg’s Gulfstream G650 plane burned at least $116,159 worth of jet fuel in 16 trips covering nearly 17,000 miles since June 23, according to ADS-B Exchange flight tracking data compiled by the Celebrity Jets database. These numbers are likely underestimates because the database does not account for the fuel and distance of at least three trips made by Spielberg’s jet.
However, Spielberg has previously said that global warming “terrifies” him and alienates people who “go through life lightly” regardless of its impact on the environment.
“I’m scared [global warming]Spielberg commented during a 2018 interview for his film Ready Player One. “Global warming is a scientific reality. This is not a political maneuver. It is a real piece of real science, measurable and quantifiable.
“People have to believe that if we don’t do something today, we’re going to have some kind of confrontation with fate,” Spielberg said.
He added that “everyone must take responsibility” for their role in climate change.
“You know when you’re unaware of something that could endanger your children and grandchildren?” Spielberg commented. “And then you happily go through life with spray cans and do all sorts of things that destroy the ozone layer.”
During more than a dozen trips, Spielberg’s jet traveled 3,589 miles from Westhampton, New York, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 29, burning $21,183 in fuel and emitting 32 tons of carbon dioxide. , according to Celebrity Jets. The plane then traveled to Rotterdam, Netherlands, before returning to Westhampton on July 1, burning an additional $24,685 in fuel and emitting an additional 38 tons of carbon.
The jet also made extended trips on July 11 from Westhampton to Van Nuys, California, on July 21 from Westhampton to Knock, Ireland, and on August 4 from Teterboro, New Jersey to Van Nuys. The most recent recorded trip was a short Thursday night flight from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts to Teterboro.
In total, Spielberg’s jet has emitted at least 179 tons of carbon dioxide over the past two months. By comparison, the average American has an annual carbon footprint of 16 tons, and the average global footprint is four tons per person.
While most of the flight routes and fuel consumption were recorded, the database did not account for data on a few flights, including Thursday’s two flights from Van Nuys to Chicago and from Chicago to Martha’s Vineyard.
Spielberg isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity to warn about global warming by flying private jets around the world. Fox News Digital reported last week that actor Leonardo DiCaprio has taken several fossil fuel trips over the past few years to advocate for extreme measures to combat climate change.
DiCaprio reported in 2016 8,000 miles flown in a private jet From Europe to New York to receive an award for environmental work. He then returned to Europe for a charity event.
That same year, DiCaprio took a private jet to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. At the summit, the WEF presented DiCaprio with the Crystal Award “for leadership in addressing the climate crisis.”
A representative for Spielberg did not respond to a request for comment.