Social media users chastised Elon Musk for his nine-minute private jet ride from San Jose to San Francisco.
Social media users tracked the CEO of Space X and Tesla’s private aircraft and discovered that the nine-minute, 35-mile flight was made.
The flight took place in May, but this weekend it received attention as the flight map went viral on Twitter and generated a discussion about the effects of short trips on climate change.
“Elon Musk took a 9-minute flight to San Francisco from San Jose, which is 5 stops on Caltrain,” user Hayden Clarkin tweeted, referring to a local commuter rail that links San Francisco with cities to its south. “I literally have no words,” he added.
Look at the itinerary below:
Elon Musk took a 9 minute flight to San Francisco from San Jose, which is 5 stops on Caltrain. I literally have no words. pic.twitter.com/dToHAkxBFF
— Hayden Clarkin (@the_transit_guy) August 21, 2022
The 51-year-aircraft, old’s according to the map, traveled 35 miles from San Jose International Airport to San Francisco International Airport. The trip can be made in around 40 minutes, depending on traffic.
More than 129,000 people have liked and retweeted the tweet as of the time of this writing, and many additional users have expressed concern over the tech tycoon’s carbon impact.
One user wrote: “This is the same guy that made up ‘hyperloop’ to stop California from making a state-wide high-speed rail which would’ve provided access to public transportation for millions of Californians.”
Another user commented: “Solutions for the climate crisis will not come from billionaires,” while a third user exclaimed: “BUT IM SUCKING ON PAPER STRAWS.”
A fourth chimed in: “It’s not even an hour drive like if he didn’t want to slum it with us mere mortals he could’ve at least gone and driven.”
This is the same guy that made up “hyper loop” to stop California from making a state-wide high-speed rail which would’ve provided access to public transportation for millions of Californians https://t.co/IhRk29qZaD
— Ariana Afshar (she/her) (@progressivebrat) August 22, 2022
Solutions for the climate crisis will not come from billionaires https://t.co/tMGvYhNCwO
— Madhu Pai, MD, PhD (@paimadhu) August 22, 2022
BUT IM SUCKING ON PAPER STRAWS https://t.co/ry0bK9GVXP
— The Great Negro (@jiggyjayy2) August 22, 2022
It’s not even an hour drive 😭 like if he didn’t want to slum it with us mere mortals he could’ve at least gone and driven
— Jenny to the M (@legally__bronde) August 21, 2022
The richest man in the world can afford to indulge in finer things, but his hypocrisy was exposed when a tweet was shared that showed his 9-minute trip and another tweet from Musk himself that said that “Tesla exists to help reduce the risk of catastrophic climate change”.
— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) August 22, 2022
Musk’s criticism of private jets comes after numerous celebrities faced backlash last month for utilizing them to make quick trips while publicly endorsing the fight against climate change.
After she blogged about using private aircraft for brief, three-minute flights for journeys that the majority of people could complete by automobile in roughly 45 minutes, Kylie Jenner was labeled a “climate criminal” on social media.