Johan Eliasch hired by British PM as climate change adviser

Johan Eliasch, millionaire businessman, Cool Earth founder and past Tory donor, has just accepted an invitation from the UK’s prime minister Gordon Brown to become his special envoy on the environment and climate change.

Mr Eliasch will now advise the Prime Minister on deforestation and green energy , but it is understood that he will not go so far as to join the Labour party. In a statement issued to the BBC, he said climate change was a non-party matter and he did not want to be involved in any political party. He will not renew his membership of the Conservative party when it lapses next month.

It emerged today that when Mr Eliasch quit his party role, he had already been privately approached by Mr Brown. But when he went to Tory headquarters last Friday to resign as deputy treasurer he did not mention his new job offer.

“Climate change is my particular interest and I have already set up an organisation called Cool Earth to address this global issue,” he said today.

“There is a universal agreement that climate change must be addressed so this is not a political party issue and therefore I shall not be a member of any political party during this important work. “I look forward to a very challenging task and hope to make a real difference to both UK domestic policy and global policy.”

Source: The Times.

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5 Responses to Johan Eliasch hired by British PM as climate change adviser

  1. Pete Smith says:

    This is probably a good move. Quite what his remit is remains to be seen. On BBC News at Ten tonight, Hilary Benn spoke about Eliasch advising on “innovative finance”.
    I guess it’s all right for a foreigner to be an advisor to the government, or is he a Brit now? And I hope he’s not being paid for it, he’s rich enough already.

  2. matt says:

    Maybe Gordon’s planning a grand ‘save the Amazon’ campaign. Haven’t seen Bono on a ‘I will save the world during a concert’ charade since the summer.

  3. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    This is an obvious waste of money, seeing as how y’all already have Al Gore on the payroll. Really, you’ve already got the best, so why bother with anyone less? 🙂

    the Grit

  4. matt says:

    Johan Eliasch has bought part of the Amazon because he can afford to. I have never read anything that has said he has always had a burning desire to do conservation, save the world and all that. Maybe his Brazillian girlfriend asked him to. I’m sure his wife doesn’t mind. 🙂

  5. Pete Smith says:

    Grit,
    Not sure where the “waste of money” comes into the equation, as Eliasch is an unpaid advisor.
    http://downingstreetsays.com/briefings/2007/09/07/4647
    As for Gore:
    (a) He’s not on anyone’s payroll on this side of the pond
    (b) A 2-term VP who couldn’t even win his own state when he ran for President. The best? Don’t think so.

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