Taylor Swift has responded via a representative to a report that placed her at the top of a list of celebrities whose private jets produce the most carbon dioxide emissions.
“Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” the pop star’s rep told Rolling Stone. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
However, Yard itself noted that its rankings were not “conclusive.” @CelebJets does not track every single famous person who takes private flights. Since Jan. 1 this year, the account had tracked only 21 celebrities, Yard spokesperson Emma Malcolmson told HuffPost in an email.
Additionally, @CelebJets appears to largely focus on entertainers, and the Florida college student who created @CelebJets actually has separate Twitter accounts that track the private flights of billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
With such a limited data set, it’s unclear how Swift actually ranks in the grand scheme of celebrity jet use. But the report nevertheless generated headlines focusing on Swift, whose plane has racked up a total of 170 flights and 22,923 minutes in the air this year so far.
Yard crafted the report shortly after Kylie Jenner faced widespread backlash over her private jet usage, with the reality-TV star being branded a “climate criminal” on social media. But out of the celebrities in the report, Jenner was not even in the top 10. After Swift, the celebrities whose jets were ranked as seeing the most air time were Floyd Mayweather, Jay-Z, Alex Rodriguez, Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, Mark Wahlberg, Oprah Winfrey and Travis Scott. Rolling Stone also reached out to the other celebrities on the list, but Swift’s rep was the only one who responded.
The average United States resident has an annual carbon footprint of 16 tons of emissions, whereas globally the annual average is around 4 tons, according to The Nature Conservancy. In contrast, the estimated carbon emissions this year from the jet Swift owns has been 8,293.54 tons.