Paul Rouget, Media365: published on Saturday September 03, 2022 at 10:49 am
Lionel Messi was pinned for the use of his private jet, which would have emitted “as much CO2 as an average Frenchman in 150 years” this summer.
This is one of the topics of the summer. In these times of climate emergency, the use of private jets by millionaires and billionaires is now under close scrutiny, while one of them can emit two tonnes of CO2 in an hour alone.. It all really started with the Twitter account of an American tracking the travels of Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, who allegedly offered $5,000 to his creator to bury him. And this summer, it was the American singer Taylor Swift who was widely criticized, her private jet having made 170 flights since January. In France, the big bosses don’t cut it either. This is particularly the case of Bernard Arnault, boss of LVMH and third fortune in the world, whose flights are, among other things, followed by the account @laviondebernard, who today makes revelations about Lionel Messi.
According to this Twitter account, the Argentinian PSG jet would have carried out 52 flights between the months of June and August, for a total of 368 hours and 1,502 tonnes of CO2 emitted, “i.e. as much CO2 as an average Frenchman in 150 years”, it is further specified. And the list of destinations is particularly extensive: London, Bilbao, Rosario (his birthplace), Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Montevideo, Wichita, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, New York or Nice. A tweet which also highlights a statement by Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, who told France Inter last week that environmentalists are “off the mark” in their fight against private jets, because “it is clearly a problem that is very limited in terms of climate impact”. Regarding Messi, it should be noted that he is not the only one to use his plane, a 2004 Gulfstream V equipped with 16 seats convertible into beds, a kitchen, and two bathrooms, since he had lent in August to his friend Luis Suarez for his return to Nacional Montevideo, but also rented to Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez last year for an official trip to Mexico.