Not long ago, inspired by a story about Twitter blocking an account that tracked and tweeted the location of CEO Elon Musk’s private jet, the tech-savvy young Seattleite set up his own website using publicly available information to track private jets—but for a different purpose.
Shendure wanted to draw attention to the climate footprints of America’s richest individuals and their outsized travel habits. His project, ClimateJets.org, calls out those people and families by name, based on his calculations of the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from their private jet excursions.
I kind of wonder if buying yachts is the thing because they think they can leave on them if civilization collapses. I mean, they keep picking really high maitenance ships, but it wouldn’t be the first time they completed overlooked just how important society is to everything they do.
It could of course always also just be that one guy liked boats, and the rest have literally no ideas for what to do with their money except copying status symbols, like the villain in The Italian Job.