- The Washington Times - Friday, January 10, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont indicated he has no plans to cut down on his private jet use during the 2020 campaign and will actually increase his air travel during the Senate impeachment trial so that he can simultaneously campaign in early voting states.

Mr. Sanders, a Green New Deal proponent whose main focus during his campaign has been climate change, confirmed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Thursday night that he plans to use a private jet to ferry back and forth between Washington and Iowa ahead of the Feb. 3 caucuses.

“Word is,” Mr. Colbert said, is “that in order to sit for the Senate trial and campaign in Iowa, you’re going to be using private jets at night.”

“Well, probably one jet,” Mr. Sanders interjected.

“Multiple rides in a private jet,” Mr. Colbert said.

“Yes,” Mr. Sanders confirmed.

“Are you going to give rides to the other candidates who are in the Senate?” Mr. Colbert asked.

Mr. Sanders said he’s considered sharing his plane with other senators in the past, but indicated he never followed through with the idea.

“Maybe we can all chip in, get one plane, and come back,” he suggested.

Mr. Sanders’ comments come after several celebrities have promised to decrease their air travel in order to cut down on their carbon footprint.

During Thursday’s interview, Mr. Sanders said the world must unite to “aggressively tackle climate change and tell the fossil fuel industry that their short-term profits are not more important than the future of our planet.”

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