Transportation Chief Buttigieg Uses Taxpayer-Funded Private Jets Despite Calling for Curbing Carbon Emissions

Breaking News

A Biden administration Cabinet member has taken at least 18 taxpayer-funded private jets since taking office despite a strong stance on curbing carbon emissions, according to a Monday release by Americans for Public Trust.

Pete Buttigieg, the 19th secretary of transportation, has reportedly taken a minimum of 18 taxpayer-funded flights while using private jets managed by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to an APT release obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The cost of the private flights is unknown, but the FAA reportedly charges federal agencies $5,000 per hour, according to Fox News.


“Everyday Americans face flight cancellations and long wait times because Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has completely mismanaged air travel,” APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland said in the release. “Yet, he gets to avoid all that by taking taxpayer-funded private jets to destinations with readily available commercial airline options.”

You Might Like

Despite Buttigieg’s private jet usage, he has publicly advocated for “increasing government action to curb carbon emissions,” according to APT. Additionally, Buttigieg “blended personal and official business” while using the private flights, as he received an award from a Canadian gay rights organization for “advancing LGBTQ rights” on one of his trips, according to APT.

“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 continued. “This is hypocrisy at its finest, and these troubling expenses to taxpayers must come under immediate scrutiny.”

“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 spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “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.”

The DOT did report that Buttigieg used private jets to travel, 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 spokesperson continued. “Use of the FAA plane in limited, specific cases has helped to maximize efficiency and save thousands of taxpayer dollars.”

Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao received criticism for using taxpayer-funded jets seven times in 2017, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was forced to resign after spending $1.2 million on 26 private jet flights, according to Fox News, which added that Buttigieg’s flight records align with his schedule of public engagements.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities for this original content, email

The Daily Signal publishes a variety of perspectives. Nothing written here is to be construed as representing the views of The Heritage Foundation.

Have an opinion about this article? To sound off, please email and we’ll consider publishing your edited remarks in our regular “We Hear You” feature. Remember to include the url or headline of the article plus your name and town and/or state.

Articles You May Like

Pentagon notes reports of balloon aloft over Latin America, assesses it to be another Chinese spy balloon
Gun Accounts Turn to Rumble as YouTube Takes Aim at Firearm Content
Chris Wallace Has Worst Ratings Month Since Launch Of CNN Show
Teacher who was brutally attacked by 9th-grade girl hospitalized, said to be unable to walk; student charged with aggravated battery
Politico Florida bureau chief mocked for saying DeSantis team makes relationship with media ‘worse’ by sharing screenshots of reporter questions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *