, 2022-07-24 07:00:00,
While we’re trying to switch lights off to save power, the world’s richest are putting gas on the fire. Steven Spielberg, Drake, Floyd Mayweather, Kylie Jenner, and many others are taking short jet flights, releasing tons and tons of carbon emissions into the air. We know this thanks to Celebrity Jets, a bot-powered Twitter account that shows the flight paths and flight times of private aircraft belonging to sports stars, musicians, Hollywood actors and more.
The bot was created by a 19-year-old, Jack Sweeney, who became famous after Tesla billionaire Elon Musk reportedly tried to bribe him to delete the account. Claiming the bot was a security problem for him, Musk offered $5,000 to bin the account, according to the teen. Sweeney countered by asking for $50,000 and negotiations were dropped. But the bot became more than just a thorn in Musk’s side.
The account may have started as just another way we can look at the lifestyle of the rich and famous, but the world’s climate crisis has turned it into something else. Celebrity Jets is now used to name and shame the billionaires who are screwing the planet by taking ridiculously short flights, which have a high cost on carbon emissions.
The flights of the rich and famous
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