February 4th – Fox News Network exposed an interview video of former Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. President’s special envoy on climate issues in 2019.
Asked why he went to Iceland on a private plane to receive the environmental award, Kerry defended himself and hinted that there was no other choice. Republican lawmakers satirize that it is “hypocrisy”.
This little-known footage of the interview released by Fox News comes from the Icelandic National Radio and Television (RUV) News. At that time, Kerry was visiting Reykjavik and receiving the “Arctic Circle Award”.
Kerry said in the video that he played an important role in the fight against climate change, including representing the United States in the Paris climate agreement negotiations.” I can’t cross the ocean. I have to fly and meet people. He believes that everything he has done for climate change can offset the emission impact of private aircraft.
Fox News senior analyst Britt Hume satirizes what Kerry wants to say, “I’m so important that I have to fly a private plane”. GOP critics believe that Kerry’s words and deeds on climate change are inconsistent. Senator Tom Cotton called Kerry hypocritical in a private plane.
Former North Carolina Rep. Walker said, “Is the Environmental Award a recognition for his hypocrisy, or how many people he has sent into the unemployment army in the past two weeks?”
“Russia Today” TV station said on the 3rd that Kerry had obviously not considered traveling by commercial plane. After all, Icelandair was one of the sponsors of the Arctic Circle Conference in October 2019.
Kerry, as the keynote speaker of the conference, also won an award, and it is obviously feasible to fly commercial aircraft provided by Icelandic Airlines. A study by the University of Lund, Sweden, emits about 40 times the carbon dioxide per passenger on a private plane.