Will Taylor Swift Super Bowl time question annoying climate activists
Taylor Swift's private jet travel to support her boyfriend at the Super Bowl sparks controversy over excessive carbon emissions.
The Japanese Embassy in DC recently released a statement confirming that Taylor Swift will be performing in Japan on February 10 as part of her "Eras Tour," the first tour in history to generate over a billion dollars in revenue. The following day is the highly anticipated Super Bowl, in which Travis Kelce, player for the Kansas City Chiefs and Swift's partner, will be participating.
The question on everyone's mind is whether Swift will be attending the Super Bowl to support her boyfriend, with whom she has a highly publicized relationship. However, the logistics of her travel are also catching the attention of some observers. Swift will have to travel 30,500 kilometers in just two weeks by private jet if she wants to be present at the Super Bowl in Las Vegas on February 11, departing from Tokyo and then flying back to Melbourne, Australia, where her tour continues.
This excessive use of private jet travel has raised concerns among activists and political scientists, who point out the environmental impact of such travel. According to Julie Stein, Associate Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment program at the University of California Law School (UCLA), private jet travel emits about ten times more greenhouse gases per capita than ordinary commercial air travel.
A study by the Yard Group found that 10 celebrities each emitted an average of 3,376.64 tons of CO2 emissions in 2022, with Swift being one of the top emitters. The singer's teams have disputed these figures, claiming that her jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals, and that attributing most or all of these trips to her is incorrect.
These concerns about the environmental impact of Swift's private jet travel have sparked a debate online, with many calling for more sustainable alternatives. As Swift's fans eagerly await her upcoming performances, they are also hoping to see her take steps to reduce her carbon footprint and set a positive example for her millions of followers.