Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

tony-blairTony Blair is set to earn millions of pounds advising an American businessman on how to make money from tackling climate change.

By Sri Carmichael

The former prime minister will be paid at least £700,000 a year to act as a “strategic adviser” to Khosla Ventures, a venture capitalist firm founded by Indian billionaire Vinod Khosla.

The Californian company bankrolls businesses hoping to profit from technology that helps reduce global warming and carbon emissions.

Mr Blair secured the job thanks to his “influence” and high level international contacts, whom he will be expected to lean on to open doors.

He has told friends he needs £5 million a year to fund his lifestyle.

Read the rest of this story at the London Evening Standard.

23 Responses to Tony Blair to earn millions as climate change adviser

  1. paul wenum May 26, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Read this today. Never changes. Blair states he needs $5 mil per year to keep his “Lifestyle.” Must be nice to trade in Carbon Credits with no validity to their use or need for their existence other than profit. Man, I’m in the wrong occupation. Think we should all be ex-politicians such as Gore and Blair.

  2. ade May 27, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    The only thing “he” can advise on is who is likely to join in the scam.
    He’s a door opener. not a scientwist

  3. Rob N. Hood May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    How many of his Tea Party supporters can afford to pay $6,340 a year to join the
    Bowling Green Country Club, where Rand Paul celebrated his victory on Tuesday?

  4. paul wenum May 27, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    Possibly numerous people. It’s not how much you make, it is what direction this country will take going forward that make’s people join the “Tea Party.” Look at the Democrats, most in the Senate etc. are worth millions as well as republicans. Do they belong to country clubs? I assume they do. Do I? No, cannot justify the expense even if I had all the money in the world. And your point is?

    • Rob N. Hood May 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

      You KNOW my point. I was wondering what yours is…

  5. paul wenum May 30, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    Just told you, can’t you read?

  6. Rob N. Hood May 30, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Rand Paul is NOT a Democrat, thus your inclusion of them is irrelevant. Most Tea Party members identify themselves as Ind or Lib. And Rand Paul is just another elitist, as are many politicians be they Republican, Libertarian or Democrat. Only you cannot see that, it’s called selective reality, or denial.

  7. paul wenum May 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm #

    Oh, that’s right, only Republicans are members of Country Clubs and some libertarians/democrats. “Tea Party” members are the peons, lowlifes of society that cannot afford to be a member is what you imply. You would be amazed how many “Country Club Members” you just ticked off with your asinine statement,. Suggest that you talk to normal people instead of your mirror.

  8. Rob N. Hood May 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    I don’t believe you even know what I just said… or actually read it…. or comprehended it. However, I do stand by my position that all Country Club Members are elitist. Please go ahead and rant about that some more… if you must. I “implied” nothing, meant what I wrote and wrote what I meant.

    I am a golfer too BTW- but will never be able to afford, or want to become, a “clubber.” Can’t even afford much golf any more anyway.

    • jose June 25, 2010 at 8:02 am #

      this is the real reason we cannot take our gov’t back,, the false left right paradigm arguments. it’s all rigged, all we ever end up with is change, as in like .27 cents in my pocket.

      i did like the”selective reality,or denial” remark.

  9. paul wenum May 31, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    I use a discount site. Example, in Hawaii as well as up north it is $100-$125.00 for 18 holes without cart. I pay $35.00 including cart for 18 holes. As you know. I’m a “Coupon cutter.” Just because you belong to a Country Club does not make you an “Elitist.” They made their money, they can spend it as they wish. Their choice, not ours to tell anyone how to spend nor where to spend their money. that, unfortunately seems to be the norm today. The old “Poor old me.” It’s called being jealous of others success my friend. Are you? I’m not. I’m proud they have the right to do as they wish as well as you and I. Deal with it.

  10. Rob N. Hood June 3, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    I did not and I am not saying they cannot spend thier money as they, or you wish. I merely stated that they are by definition elitist. You can TRY and make an argument against that simple statement, but of course it will be futile and silly to do so. Once again your focus is slanted and self-serving. What a shock.

  11. Rob N. Hood June 3, 2010 at 8:31 am #

    “Men of the same trade seldom meet but that it ends in a conspiracy against the public.” -Adam Smith

  12. paul wenum June 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Do you have a problem with people like you and I making money to feed their family, or a company making a profit to stay in business so they can pay their employees like you? The people that I know that have more money than I, worked darn hard for it! If they want to hit a little white ball around for $40-$60,000 for a membership fee at a Country Club, so be it. Are you saying that they must give it to you or someone else that didn’t earn it? I can see a hand outstretched with a sign, “That’s my money you are spending!” Not true my friend. It is their hard earned money, not yours nor mine.

  13. Hal Groar June 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Ok, let me get this straight…you are an elitist if you want to spend your money at a golf country club, even though you worked your rear off for that money and were taxed to the eyeballs on it. With that definition you could call ANYONE an elitist. Regardless on where they spend their money. A guy gets a new Ipad…saved two years for it. Now he buys one and becomes an elitist. A guy saves his money for 20 years to buy that rare classic corvette with the wings that adjust to the airflow (made it up) and finally forks over $300,000 for the car AND his elitist membership card. Rob, admit it, your a typical class envy lib that wants to punish successful people in this country.

    • Dan McGrath June 4, 2010 at 9:50 am #

      I’m pretty sure there is no production Corvette in the world worth $300,000 – the classic ‘Vettes can be had for surprizingly low cost, but I digress.

  14. paul wenum June 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Thank you Hal. I must be an “Elitist.” I have a 25 year old corvette. 1986 1/2 pace car. I must be rich as Rob states???? No I earned it. Purchased it 18 years ago. Must be old timers disease. I should donate it for the poor? Cannot imagine a family of six in a two-seat car with a 25 year old original top. Any offers? Just kidding. Love that car. 30+ miles per gallon. They will bury me in it!

  15. Rob N. Hood June 4, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Again- you miss the point (a simple statement of fact), ignore the entirety of the statement, and respond with hysterics and hyperbole, with a little hypocrisy thrown in for good measure.

  16. paul wenum June 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm #

    By the way the car is probably worth $10,000.00? If lucky. Cannot put a price on something I enjoy!

  17. Hal Groar June 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    Ok the Corvette was a stretch, man you guys are picky. I am still saving for my mythical vette that oddly enough resembles a cigar boat. Oh yes, and my Elitist club card with all the perks including a parking spot at the NRA headquarters and a “capitalism rocks!” key chain.

  18. paul wenum June 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Hal, are you talking to me or others? I’m missing something. I have an old car, don’t belong to a country club. Is having an old 25 year old car and owning guns a problem? By the way, I am a member of the NRA. Hope that is not a problem with anyone on this site.

  19. Hal Groar June 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Paul I was just filling in the stereo type’s that would go along with the “Elitist” title. I have tremendous respect for the NRA! I have often thought of joining myself. The car analogy was my way of putting it into a perspective that anybody can relate to. It was by no means a dig on vette’s or classic cars. I tend to use sarcasm as humor, sometimes it doesn’t translate well from my brain to the keyboard.

  20. paul wenum June 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm #

    Hal, I have been accused of the same. By the way, My car is not a “Classic.” It get’s me from point A to B. A little fast I must say. All the cars I own including my daughters are from 1996 to 2007 with all over 150,000 to 200,000 miles on them absent the “Old Man”(The Corvette) in the garage with 85,000.00 miles on him. Yes, we are stereo-typed and stamped as “Elites.” Numerous friends of mine own “Corvettes, Mustangs, Harleys Etc.” but make $40,000.00-50,000 per year combined income. Why do they have these “Toys?” They save their money and invest properly. Duh, no entitlements and they save, pay their bills on time, and live within their means.. Oh My God, that cannot happen in today’s world! My friend, it does. As to the NRA, most gun owners that I know and hunt with are afraid of joining the NRA with a thought process that someone will take offense. (It’s not PC!) So be it! Doesn’t bother me one bit. I vote how I believe and donate accordingly. I don’t put my finger in the wind. Cannot stand people that don’t stand for their convictions. Been taught that since I could walk. How times have changed.

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