Democrat President Joe Biden’s so-called “climate czar” John Kerry threw a temper tantrum while testifying before a House hearing when his private jet use was called into question.
Kerry has long been accused of hypocrisy for jetting around the world to lecture the public on reducing their quality of life to tackle “climate change.”
The former secretary of state was called to answer questions during Thursday’s hearing by the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee’s oversight subcommittee.
Rep. Cory Mills (R-FL) told Kerry “I hope it wasn’t too problematic for your operational team and your private jet to get here.”
Mills then continued to grill Kerry about pushing Chinese solar panel production while ignoring the child slave labor used to produce them.
Kerry couldn’t let the private jet comment go, however.
“I just don’t agree with your facts, which began with the presentation of one of the most outrageously persistent lies that I hear, which is this private jet,” Kerry shot back after failing to explain why he won’t promote American manufacturing.
“We don’t own a private jet,” he then claimed.
“I don’t own a private jet.
“I personally have never owned a private jet.
“And obviously it’s pretty stupid to talk about coming in a private jet from the State Department up here.
“Honestly, if that’s where you want to go, go there.”
John Kerry: "We don't own a private jet. I don't own a private jet. I've personally have never owned a private jet. And, obviously, it's pretty stupid to talk about coming in a private jet from the State Department up here. Honestly, if that's where you want to go, go there!" pic.twitter.com/yEOmMsfoKK
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 13, 2023
John Kerry's family private jet emitted over 300 metric tons of carbon since Biden took office https://t.co/SbnbGhIljR
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 13, 2023
Kerry has previously tried to deny and downplay his private jet use.
In 2021, Kerry was spotted arriving in Martha’s Vineyard by private jet for former President Barack Obama’s birthday party.
However, the State Department issued a statement denying Kerry flew to the island on a private jet, despite photos showing him arriving on the luxury plane.
Obama B-Day Party: “Former senator & U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was spotted along with TV presenter & comedian Stephen Colbert. Both men have homes on the island… Kerry took a private jet to the island of Martha's Vineyard.”https://t.co/9d6aURbdbq pic.twitter.com/njzSz3eWKI
— Jerry Dunleavy 🇺🇸 (@JerryDunleavy) August 7, 2021
In March, Kerry also defended powerful elites flocking to Davos, Switzerland on private jets for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual summit.
Kerry argued that Davos elites “offset” the “carbon emissions” of their private jets.
“They are working harder than most people I know to be able to try to effect this transition,” he declared.
John Kerry defends global elites flying their private jets to fight climate change in Davos because they're "working harder than most people I know to be able to try to effect this transition." pic.twitter.com/XEa2uKkhtD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) March 25, 2023
During Thursday’s hearing, Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) followed up by reminding Kerry he was under oath.
“Yes, my wife owned a plane and she sold the plane, I have flown on it,” Kerry then admitted.
However, he maintained that he does not fly on a private jet.
When asked if he has ever done so since being in his current position for the past two and a half years, Kerry replied, “Possibly once.”
Waltz then lectured Kerry that “When we are asking Americans to make serious sacrifices for the common good … that smacks of hypocrisy [and] it actually hurts your cause.”
REP. WALTZ: "You just testified under oath that you never owned a private jet…"
CLIMATE ENVOY JOHN KERRY: "My wife owned a plane. […] I do not fly on a private jet. I fly commercially…"
REP. WALTZ: "Have you flown a private jet in a personal or official capacity since… pic.twitter.com/4aIzab8Yev
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) July 13, 2023
Subcommittee Chairman Brian Mast (R-FL) then told Kerry that, in his current role as Biden’s “climate czar,” there has been no oversight or accountability of his work.
“Every time you travel to a climate summit or King Charles’ coronation, or the wedding of the crown prince of Jordan, you’re supposed to document the carbon emissions generated by your trip,” Mast told Kerry.
“Your office has failed to do so.”
Kerry then threw another fit and refused to name his senior staff.
“I’m not going to go through them by name because that is not the required process of the State Department,” he blasted.
WATCH: Why does John Kerry get to unilaterally make decisions for the American people? What is his role and who does he even report to?
We’re pushing him for answers in the @ForeignGOP Subcommittee on Oversight & Accountability. pic.twitter.com/VXTmXGcbbs
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) July 13, 2023
In recent days, Kerry has been traveling in Europe with President Biden as a part of a massive motorcade convoy.
The motorcade was transported from the United States to Europe on huge cargo planes.
Biden and Kerry have also been as flying around in helicopters from place to place to have meetings about the “climate crisis” with foreign leaders.
Here is a sped up video of Biden's motorcade in Helsinski — which stretches at least 39 vehicles. pic.twitter.com/qoSNDf7l9b
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 12, 2023
During their visit, Biden warned that “climate change” is “the single greatest threat to humanity.”