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Hypocrite airways: Jeff Bezos’s £48m gulf stream leads parade of 400 private jets


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ £48million Gulfstream landed in Scotland last night as part of a 400-strong parade of private jets – as an extraordinary traffic jam forced empty planes to fly 30 miles to find space to park. 

Some green activists at the COP26 climate conference will be urging others to cut down on air travel and eat less meat, but apparently it is fine for billionaires to fly in on their own planes on routes already served by commercial airlines.

Meanwhile, as the super rich were whisked away into waiting limos, hundreds of less fortunate delegates were left unable to get to Glasgow after brutal storms crippled rail links, forcing some to sleep on the floor of Euston station in London. 

Conservative estimates suggest the fleet jets arriving for COP26 will blast out 13,000tonnes of carbon dioxide in total – equivalent to the amount consumed by more than 1,600 Britons in a year. 

As Boris Johnson urged leaders to back up their talk with action and warned the world is ‘one minute to midnight’, some found their own way of rising to the challenge, with Prince Albert of Monaco appearing to be among those choosing to fly private – according to an analysis of flight records by MailOnline. 

Bank of America, which in PR documents boasts of its ‘commitment to sustainability’, was the registered owner of two private jets arriving in Scotland. They are far more polluting than commercial planes, cars or trains, with the typical one belching out two tonnes of carbon dioxide every hour. 

Mr Bezos – who regularly lectures the world on climate change – arrived in Glasgow fresh from celebrating Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ 66th birthday on a £2million-a-week superyacht off the coast of Turkey in an event that generated fresh claims of hypocrisy. He reached the boat by helicopter, according to reports. 

Amazon airways: Jeff Bezos' Gulfstream private jet - which reportedly cost him £48million - arrives at Prestwick Airport near Glasgow

Amazon airways: Jeff Bezos’ Gulfstream private jet – which reportedly cost him £48million – arrives at Prestwick Airport near Glasgow 

Mr Bezos met Prince Charles this week to discuss climate change. He tweeted: 'The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world far longer than most. We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help'

Mr Bezos met Prince Charles this week to discuss climate change. He tweeted: ‘The Prince of Wales has been involved in fighting climate change and protecting our beautiful world far longer than most. We had a chance to discuss these important issues on the eve of #COP26 — looking for solutions to heal our world, and how the @BezosEarthFund can help’

Other private jets blasted in to Scotland from destinations including Stockholm, Rome, London and Brussels – which are all served by regular commercial routes. The majority of the planes were hired from rental firms, making it difficult to work out who was on board.

There was so much air traffic that some jets dropped off VIPs at Glasgow Airport and then flew 30 miles to nearby Prestwick due to a shortage of parking. Some also landed in Edinburgh, before presumably travelling by land. 

Boris Johnson flew in from Rome on his Union flag-embossed Airbus A321, but was stuck circling Glasgow for more than 20 minutes because of the number of jets arriving.  

He was behind the President of South Korea, who also flew in from Rome, where a G20 conference took place over the weekend. 

Yesterday, MailOnline watched from beside the runway as plane after plane carrying leaders, dignitaries, security personnel landed at Glasgow  before being ferried away by lines of SUV’s and private limousines. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was among the first to arrive in a delegation of 100 people on a Biman Airways jet from Dhaka.

A Dassault Falcon 8X belonging to the Monaco royal family arrives in Edinburgh early this morning

A Dassault Falcon 8X belonging to the Monaco royal family arrives in Edinburgh early this morning 

Lots of the jets arriving for COP26 yesterday were rented from private firms, making it hard to find out who was on board. Pictured is a Bombardier Challenger 605 operated by Malta-based Vista Jet

Lots of the jets arriving for COP26 yesterday were rented from private firms, making it hard to find out who was on board. Pictured is a Bombardier Challenger 605 operated by Malta-based Vista Jet 

A Dassault Falcon 7X belonging to the government of Namibia arrives at Edinburgh Airport before the COP26 conference

A Dassault Falcon 7X belonging to the government of Namibia arrives at Edinburgh Airport before the COP26 conference 

Another Dassault Falcon 7X - which is registered in Nice, France - touches down at Edinburgh Airport yesterday

Another Dassault Falcon 7X – which is registered in Nice, France – touches down at Edinburgh Airport yesterday 

This plane - a Dassault Falcon 7X with the callsign RA-09007 - belongs to the 'special flight squadron' of Russian airline Rossiya

This plane – a Dassault Falcon 7X with the callsign RA-09007 – belongs to the ‘special flight squadron’ of Russian airline Rossiya

A Cessna 560XL Citation Excel XLS+ belonging to private jet operator Air Service Liege arrives at Edinburgh Airport

A Cessna 560XL Citation Excel XLS+ belonging to private jet operator Air Service Liege arrives at Edinburgh Airport 

A Bombardier Global Express owned by Executive Jet Management arrives in Edinburgh. Many of the jets are rented, making it difficult to find who was using them

A Bombardier Global Express owned by Executive Jet Management arrives in Edinburgh. Many of the jets are rented, making it difficult to find who was using them 

A Hawker Beechcraft 400XP owned by Smart Jet, an operator based in Warsaw, Poland, arrives at Edinburgh Airport

A Hawker Beechcraft 400XP owned by Smart Jet, an operator based in Warsaw, Poland, arrives at Edinburgh Airport 

This plane - tail number SE-RIL - is a Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel run by a jet rental company based in Sweden. It is seen arriving in Edinburgh

This plane – tail number SE-RIL – is a Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel run by a jet rental company based in Sweden. It is seen arriving in Edinburgh 

A chartered Boeing 737 belonging to the Abu Dhabi Royal Family spotted landing at Glasgow Airport yesterday afternoon

A chartered Boeing 737 belonging to the Abu Dhabi Royal Family spotted landing at Glasgow Airport yesterday afternoon 

President Buhari of Nigeria is greeted by supporters at he gets off his Nigerian Air Force jet at Glasgow prior to COP26

President Buhari of Nigeria is greeted by supporters at he gets off his Nigerian Air Force jet at Glasgow prior to COP26 

‘Guess the rules don’t apply to them’: Outrage as climate warriors Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos celebrate Microsoft co-founder’s birthday on a $2M-a-week yacht off Turkey where Amazon boss flew in on helicopter 

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were slammed as hypocrites for lecturing the world on the need to combat climate change by reducing carbon footprint while at the same time reportedly vacationing on superyachts off the coast of Turkey.

Multi-billionaire and Microsoft founder Gates celebrated his 66th birthday in Turkey in the company of fellow tycoon and Amazon founder Bezos on Friday.

Bezos was among the 50 guests invited to Gates’ private party beside the Mediterranean. It’s not clear whether any of Gates’ family helped him celebrate at his exclusive bash.

According to reports, Bezos traveled to Gates’ superyacht by helicopter.

The Blue Origin founder is said to have made the 120-mile round trip journey by chopper from Govoka to the resort town of Fethiye.

The jet fuel used to power helicopters emits 21.095 pounds of carbon dioxide per gallon burned.

Since helicopters use up approximately 10.75 miles per gallon, Bezos’ helicopter emitted some 215 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Both Bezos and Gates are reportedly staying on superyachts – each of which emits 7,020 tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 19 tons per day.

Social media users reacted with fury, noting that Bezos and Gates were contradicting their own statements about the need to tackle climate change.

‘The sick and twisted for a ’66th’ birthday party,’ tweeted one Twitter user, who accused them of having a ‘do as I say not as I do’ attitude.

Another Twitter user commented: ‘The horrendous energy waster Bill Gates makes his contribution to CO2 reduction for his 66th birthday by having his fat body transported by his own yacht and then by helicopter to a certain place.’

‘Guess the rules don’t apply to them?’ according to Rose Y.

RD Carrington commented: ‘More from people who will be bashing the rest of us again next week about – climate change.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘These are the people putting us in our place and lecturing us about about the so called ‘climate crisis’.’

A Twitter user with the handle ‘LynnT’ commented in response to the reports of the Bezos-Gates meeting: ‘But climate change y’all.’

Another Twitter user wondered whether Bezos and Gates had ‘no climate change fear?’ 

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, call sign BBC2012, had been specially commissioned to fly the Premier and her entourage to Scotland for the global gathering.

The plane burns around 5400litres of fuel an hour meaning it needed more than 64,000litres to land it at Glasgow Airport during the near-12 hour trip.

Waiting for her were scores of supporters who waved the country’s flag and unfurled banners welcoming her.

She was soon followed shortly afterwards by the President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Ghazouani whose delegation of 10 people flew in from Nouakchott on a Boeing 737 Max 8, call sign MRT001.

Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi landed on another Boeing and was surrounded by security guards as he was driven away through the rain. 

Other planes from countries not normally served by Glasgow arrived from Ukraine, Pakistan, Armenia, South Korea, Australia, India, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Angola and Palestine.

Cyprus landed an Airbus A319 landed at Glasgow Airport from Larnaca and it later shifted to the city’s second airport at Prestwick.

Adding to the massive fuel consumption on Monday will be Estonia, Bulgaria, Bahrain, Jordan, Ghana, Croatia who are all due to land jets at Glasgow Airport.

A German Air Force jet will also land at Glasgow Airport today.

The Japanese Air Force One, Air India One and Israeli Wing of Zion are also expected to arrive carrying their leaders for the summit.

President Joe Biden along will generate an estimated 2.2million pounds of carbon to reach the summit. 

The gigantic carbon footprint is comprised of 2.16 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the four large planes that comprise his airborne entourage on the trip to Italy and Scotland, where the president will speak at the COP26 summit on change in Glasgow, with the remainder emitted by Biden’s cars.

His fleet is comprised of the heavily modified Boeing 747 he travels on, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, an identical decoy, and two huge C-17 Globemaster planes to carry his battalion of cars and helicopters.

One airport source told MailOnline: ‘It doesn’t make sense to have all these extra planes landing in Scotland. They are only adding to the problem by flying all these planes in when it’s quite easy to stay home and chat.

‘We have all learned about Zoom calls and how efficient they are and can stop the need for people to travel. I don’t get why all these planes have to fly these leaders and their people in.

‘They could have just as well held video conferences and invited everybody, politicians and public, to join in. The sight of these planes landing is a very negative image against their messages against climate change.’

But today, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss insisted it was not possible to hold such a major conference over a video call. 

She told BBC Breakfast: ‘I think everyone who’s ever done a Zoom call knows that they are quite useful for some things but when you really get into crunch negotiations and want to look somebody in the eye and talk to them face to face you do need to meet in person. 

‘World leaders are going to have to make some tough decisions and commit to things they didn’t necessarily want to when they arrived at the conference and that’s why it’s really important to have people face to face to allow these negotiations to take place.’ 

Matt Finch, of the Transport and Environment campaign group, told the Sunday Record: ‘The average private jet, and we are not talking Air Force One, emits two tons 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. Our research has found that most journeys could easily be completed on scheduled flights.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Bank of America for comment.  

A Bombardier CRJ-200 from Montreal lands at Edinburgh Airport yesterday prior to the climate conference in Glasgow

A Bombardier CRJ-200 from Montreal lands at Edinburgh Airport yesterday prior to the climate conference in Glasgow 

This Brazilian-built Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 belonging to the Serbian government touched down in the Scottish capital yesterday

This Brazilian-built Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 belonging to the Serbian government touched down in the Scottish capital yesterday 

A Beech B200 Super King Air operated by 2 Excel Aviation arriving at Edinburgh Airport yesterday afternoon

A Beech B200 Super King Air operated by 2 Excel Aviation arriving at Edinburgh Airport yesterday afternoon 

A fleet of SUVs wait at Glasgow Airport to pick up delegates and take them to the climate conference

A fleet of SUVs wait at Glasgow Airport to pick up delegates and take them to the climate conference 

Far away from the world of the super-rich, hundreds of people - including some COP26 - were stuck at Euston after brutal weather crippled rail links

Far away from the world of the super-rich, hundreds of people – including some COP26 – were stuck at Euston after brutal weather crippled rail links  

What a load of hot air! Joe Biden is blasted for making 10,000 mile return trip that’ll generate 2.2 MILLION pounds of carbon to attend CLIMATE CHANGE summit in Scotland after president was snapped in gas-guzzling 85-car motorcade in Rome

By Ronny Reyes for Dailymail.com  

President Joe Biden will generate an estimated 2.2 million pounds of carbon during his trip to Europe to speak on the perils of climate change.  

The gigantic carbon footprint is comprised of 2.16 million pounds of carbon dioxide generated by the four large planes that comprise his airborne entourage on the trip to Italy and Scotland, where the president will speak at the COP26 summit on change in Glasgow, with the remainder emitted by Biden’s cars. 

His fleet is comprised of the heavily modified Boeing 747 he travels on, known as Air Force One when the president is on board, an identical decoy, and two huge C-17 Globemaster planes to carry his battalion of cars and helicopters.

Those jets each belch out an average of 54 pounds of carbon per mile flown. An average American would generate 0.365 pounds of carbon for if they flew a similar distance – just under 10,000 miles – on a regular scheduled flight. 

Biden’s Cadillac ‘Beast,’ a 20,000 pound armored limousine that only gets around 8 mpg, was surrounded by dozens of slow moving cars as he pulled into the courtyard of the Vatican for his meeting with Pope Francis on Friday. It generates an estimated 8.75 pounds of carbon per mile driven – 10 times more than the average car, with two Beasts – the official vehicle and a decoy – forming part of his entourage. 

The motorcade was 85-cars long, due to Italian COVID-19 rules, which only allow three non-cohabiting people – including the driver – per vehicle. As well as the Beast, it was comprised of gas-guzzling Chevrolet Suburban SUVs, and famously thirsty Alfa Romeo cars driven by Italian police. It would have generated around 73.5 pounds of carbon per mile driven.

The trip from Villa Taverna to Vatican City is 4.34 miles long, meaning the total amount of carbon generated by the Beast and its entourage was 373 pounds for that short visit to see Pope Francis where, ironically, the president and leader of the Catholic Church discussed climate change.  Biden has been criticized for the largesse on social media, although the White House insists there is no other alternative to ensure the president is safe from any potential threat while traveling, 

President Joe Biden used a massive 85-car motorcade to wind through the streets of Rome on Friday for his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican

President Joe Biden used a massive 85-car motorcade to wind through the streets of Rome on Friday for his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican

The motorcade was centered around The Beast, the president's armored limousine that gets as much as 8 mpg, but was also comprised of gas guzzling Chevy Suburban SUVs and Alfa Romeo police cars

The motorcade was centered around The Beast, the president’s armored limousine that gets as much as 8 mpg, but was also comprised of gas guzzling Chevy Suburban SUVs and Alfa Romeo police cars 

Biden arrived in Rome, accompanied with wife Jill Biden, on Thursday aboard Air Force One, with the jet generating an estimated 54,000 pounds of carbon during the 10,000-mile long weekend trip

Biden arrived in Rome, accompanied with wife Jill Biden, on Thursday aboard Air Force One, with the jet generating an estimated 54,000 pounds of carbon during the 10,000-mile long weekend trip 

President Biden and the first lady are snapped boarding Marine One at Joint Base Andrews on Thurdday

President Biden and the first lady are snapped boarding Marine One at Joint Base Andrews on Thurdday  

After Biden arrived in Rome on Thursday aboard Air Force One, his team arrived in Scotland on Friday, and separate military jets were used to haul in The Beast and the president’s Marine One helicopter, along with scores of security personnel. 

The Beast and Air Force One have long been criticized by some Americans of not being ‘green enough,’ with the later costing more than $200,000 an hour to operate, Business Insider reported. 

The Air Force One jets, which went into service in 1990, are due to be replaced by two greener new replacements in 2024, but they’ll still represent an extremely environmentally-unfriendly means of travel. 

The Beast itself weighs around 20,000 pounds, sports a 5-litre diesel engine and gets about 8 mpg. 

The Beast, pictured, above, runs  on a 5-litre diesel engine and gets about 8 mpg

The Beast, pictured, above, runs  on a 5-litre diesel engine and gets about 8 mpg

It costs more than $200,000 an hour to fly and operate Air Force One

It costs more than $200,000 an hour to fly and operate Air Force One

The president made use of the Marine One helicopter on his trip to Europe

The president made use of the Marine One helicopter on his trip to Europe 

A Boeing C-17A Globemaster III based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County, New York, with number 60005 at Glasgow Airport this week. The aircraft was carrying a helicopter which will be called Marine One when used by the President

A Boeing C-17A Globemaster III based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Orange County, New York, with number 60005 at Glasgow Airport this week. The aircraft was carrying a helicopter which will be called Marine One when used by the President

Many were quick to point out the hypocrisy as Biden, a vocal advocate for preventing climate change, touts such a gas-guzzling entourage of vehicles during a trip primarily scheduled for a climate chance conference. 

‘Climate change and worries while jetting setting around the globe. Carbon footprint, you say! Hypocrite,’ wrote a Twitter user with the handle name Yellowstoneave. 

Another Twitter user with name Snowwhite wrote, ‘Joe Biden arrives at the Vatican City on Airforce One followed by gas guzzling Chevrolets & outriders. What climate change emergency?’ 

A Twitter user with the handle Hil..n also called Biden a hypocrite. 

‘Jump on ur helicopter then onto ur jumbo jet and lecture us about climate change.’

Many were quick to criticize the presidents use of a motorcade and Air Force One ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Many were quick to criticize the presidents use of a motorcade and Air Force One ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Biden has fled tanking approval ratings at home and partisan in-fighting over his $1.75trillon spending bill to travel to Rome, where he is set to meet with leaders from the G20 group of wealthy nations for a two-day summit.

It is the first face-to-face summit of the G20 since COVID struck, and Biden will be hoping to use it to repair his international reputation following his chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan that frustrated his allies and drew unfavorable comparisons with predecessor Donald Trump.

It also comes just two days ahead of the start of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow that will be hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.   



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