As 30,000 people flew into Glasgow, Scotland, to attend the COP26 climate conference, the comprehensive commercial service was ignored by the elite attendees who chose to fly by private jets.
Estimates indicate that nearly 400 aircraft were used to deliver the human cargo before leaving empty to fly another 40 miles to find open parking space for the remainder of the summit.
According to the MailOnline, “at least 52 private jets landing at Glasgow – while estimates put the total number flying in for the conference at 400,’ the site reported.
It went on to add, “Conservative predictions suggest the fleet of private jets arriving for Cop26 will blast out 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in total – equivalent to the amount consumed by more than 1,600 Britons in a year.”
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, was on one of the private jets.
Reportedly, he arrived in a $65 million Gulfstream along with the others, all with those eager to discuss the environment and the claim of damage caused by those taking flights around the planet.
Prince Charles is believed to have flown in from the G20 meeting in Rome, where he appeared alongside Boris Johnson.
It is thought he flew via RAF Brize Norton, where he may have picked up the Duchess of Cornwall, the Times reports, replicating some of the trips taken by his son over the past few years as he tours the world to warn of impending climate doom.
A Clarence House spokesman defended the princes’ decision to fly to the climate conference. He said:
His Royal Highness has personally campaigned for a shift towards sustainable aviation fuel and would only undertake travel to Rome when it was agreed that sustainable fuel would be used in the plane. Wherever possible and recognizing the challenges of supply, the intention is that sustainable fuel will increasingly be part of royal travel plans from now on.
Matt Finch with the Transport and Environment campaign group highlighted the hypocrisy of all. He outlined, “the average private jet — and we are not talking Air Force One — emits two tonnes of CO2 for every hour in flight. It can’t be stressed enough how bad private jets are for the environment; it is the worst way to travel, by miles.”
Finch explained how most journeys could easily be completed on scheduled flights. “Private jets are very prestigious, but it is difficult to avoid the hypocrisy of using one while claiming to be fighting climate change,” he added.
The Times estimated that U.S. President Joe Biden would generate 2.2 million pounds of CO2 in reaching the conference.
His expansive entourage consists of a fleet of four planes, along with his Marine One helicopter and a vast motorcade. All that was was flown in ahead, so his feet barely touched the ground before being taken to his numerous appearances.
Bezos reportedly traveled to Glasgow after celebrating billionaire Bill Gates’s 66th birthday on a superyacht off the coast of Turkey.
The Microsoft founder was said to have ferried his guests to and from the sprawling vessel by helicopter.
COP26 saw delegates from some 200 nations around the globe, all discussing how to cut emissions and limit global temperatures.