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Despite adopting a firm position against reducing carbon emissions, a Biden administration member of the cabinet has utilized at least 18 taxpayer-funded private planes since taking office, according to a Monday statement by Americans for Public Trust (APT).
According to an APT release acquired by the Daily Caller News Foundation, Pete Buttigieg, the 19th secretary of transportation, has utilized private aircraft controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on at least 18 taxpayer-funded flights.
The price of the charter flights is unknown, but according to Fox News, the FAA is said to charge federal agencies $5,000 per hour.
“Everyday Americans face flight cancellations and long wait times because Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has completely mismanaged air travel,” according to APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland.
Buttigieg has publicly argued for “increasing government action to curb carbon emissions,” according to APT, despite his use of a private plane. Buttigieg also used the private flights to “blend personal and official business,” as he was on one of his travels when he was presented with an award by a Canadian gay rights group for “advancing LGBTQ rights.”
“For someone so holier-than-thou on reducing emissions, Buttigieg sure doesn’t seem to mind the pollution caused by his literal jet-setting,” Sutherland remarked.
“Secretary Buttigieg mostly travels by commercial airline, and has directed that travel and logistical decisions be grounded in efficient and responsible use of taxpayer dollars,” a Department of Transportation (DOT) official told the DCNF. “Given that commercial air travel is usually the cheapest way for the Secretary and his staff to travel, 108 of the 126 flights for DOT trips he has taken have been on commercial airlines.”
Buttigieg did use private aircraft for some of his travels, according to the DOT, but only when “it is more efficient and/or less expensive for the Secretary and accompanying personnel to fly on a 9-seater FAA plane rather than commercial flights,” the DOT spokeswoman added. “Use of the FAA plane in limited, specific cases has helped to maximize efficiency and save thousands of taxpayer dollars.”
According to Fox News, former Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price was forced to step down after spending $1.2 million on 26 private jet flights, and former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao came under fire for using taxpayer-funded jets seven times in 2017.
According to Fox News, Buttigieg’s flight history is consistent with his calendar of public appearances.
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