A Steven Spielberg private plane has burned more than $116,000 worth of jet fuel since June despite earlier warnings from the famous Hollywood director about global warming, according to a flight-tracking database.
Spielberg’s plane, a Gulfstream G650, has consumed at least $116,159 in jet fuel over the course of 16 trips spanning nearly 17,000 miles since June 23, according to flight tracking data from the ADS-B Exchange and compiled by the Celebrity Jets database. The figures are likely underestimates, as the database did not calculate fuel and distance metrics for at least three trips made by Spielberg’s plane.
However, Spielberg has previously said that global warming “terrified” him and torn people who “go happily through life” without worrying about their impact on the environment.
“I’m afraid of [global warming]Spielberg commented during a 2018 interview for his film Ready Player One. “Global warming is a scientific reality. It is not a political stunt. It is a true piece of real science, measurable and quantifiable.”
“People have to come to believe that this is… we’re going to have some kind of run-in with fate unless we do something about it today,” Spielberg said.
He added that “everyone has to take responsibility” for their role in climate change.
“Do you know when you are not aware of something that could pose a danger to your children and grandchildren?” Spielberg remarked. “Then you just merrily go through life with spray cans and doing all sorts of things that are depleting the ozone.”
Among its more than a dozen trips, Spielberg’s jet traveled 3,589 miles from Westhampton, New York, to Amsterdam, Netherlands, on June 29, burning $21,183 in fuel and emitting 32 tons of carbon dioxide, according to Celebrity Jets. The plane then traveled to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, before returning to Westhampton on July 1, burning another $24,685 worth of fuel and emitting an additional 38 tons of carbon.
The plane also made long trips from Westhampton to Van Nuys, California, on July 11, from Westhampton to Knock, Ireland, on July 21, and from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Van Nuys on August 4. The most recent trip on record was a short flight Thursday night from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, to Teterboro.
Overall, Spielberg’s plane has emitted at least 179 tons of carbon dioxide during the last two months. By comparison, the average American has an annual carbon footprint of 16 tons, and the average global footprint is four tons per person.
While most of the plane’s trips and fuel use were recorded, the database did not calculate data for some flights, including two on Thursday from Van Nuys to Chicago and Chicago to Martha’s Vineyard.
Spielberg isn’t the only Hollywood celebrity to have warned about global warming while traveling on private jets around the world. Fox News Digital reported last week that actor Leonardo DiCaprio has taken multiple trips powered by fossil fuels in recent years as he pushed for extreme measures to combat climate change.
According to reports, in 2016, DiCaprio flew 8,000 miles on a private jet from Europe to New York City to accept an award for his environmental activism. She then returned to Europe for a charity event.
That same year, DiCaprio took a private jet to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. At the summit, the WEF presented DiCaprio with its Crystal Award for “his leadership in combating the climate crisis.”
A representative for Spielberg did not respond to a request for comment.