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10 million jobs could be created in climate action, Blair says

September 21, 2009


— Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he hopes to break the “deadlock” in global climate talks with evidence that 10 million jobs could be created by 2020, if developing nations agree to big cuts in greenhouse gases.

Blair, heading up a climate initiative, released a report that also shows a global climate agreement could increase the world’s GDP by 0.8 percent by 2020, as compared with the projected gross domestic product with no climate action.

He was visiting New York ahead of a U.N. climate summit drawing 100 world leaders on Tuesday and a flurry of supporting events in New York City this week.

The events are intended to build support for crafting a new climate deal in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, requiring mandatory cuts in atmospheric warming gases, that expires at the end of 2012.

Blair’s report, one of a series he is promoting, is based on computer modeling by Cambridge University economists. He called the upcoming Copenhagen negotiations “the moment when we move from a campaign to a policy program” that clears the hurdles of exactly how the world’s main economies will cut emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other industrial warming gases.

“I think it is essential that we get an agreement at Copenhagen,” Blair said Sunday during a meeting with a small group of reporters at a Manhattan hotel. “I think it is possible, and the purpose of the report is to show that in economic terms, certainly in the medium and long-term, it’s hugely to our economic benefit to get a global agreement.”

In the shorter term, not so much. Blair acknowledged the costs of investment in new forms of energy that emit fewer warming gases — wind, solar panels, nuclear power, electric vehicles, so-called “smart grid” plans using more renewable forms of energy — are daunting, particularly on the heels of a global financial crisis.


blindrabbit 8 years, 8 months ago

Boy these are fighting words for the environmental do-nothings that thrive off of old polluting technologies. How can it be that humans have the wherewithall to solve tecnological issues for a cleaner world. We in Kansas are satisfied to continue messing with the Holcomb coal burners for the sake of a very few jobs, and an outflow of generated kilowatts and dollars to Oklahoma and Colorado.

Strappara 8 years, 8 months ago

Blair is on the Climate Change Bandwagon at this point for no other reason than to further his ludicrous bid for the EU Presidency. His monstrously bloated ego is encouraged by those who actually take his deluded ravings seriously. If it were not so serious it would be funny. The man is becoming a cult. Tony Blair has shown him self to be shallow, corrupt, self serving and vain. He possesses neither principles nor integrity, even delaying changing his religion in case it affected his position. He presided over the dismantling of the British economy with disastrous and far reaching effects and he invaded Iraq against the wishes of the United Nations again with horrific effect. There have been an estimated 133,977,1 civilian deaths in Iraq since the invasion began. He has lied to & stolen from the British people – shredding large quantities of documents “accidentally” weeks before he left office. There are question marks over the deaths of inconvenient critics & he must bear with Bush responsibility for spreading hatred & making the world an infinitely more dangerous place for our children. He & his wife will go down in the history books as dangerous, grasping buffoons along with Mr & Mrs Marcos. If any more reason is needed not to commit the folly of making him President – he has failed abysmally in his position as Middle East Envoy – having been rebuked for failing to report on his progress. He was no doubt too busy holding court in Jerusalem where he occupies an entire floor of the best hotel in town at a cost of £400,000 per year to the British Taxpayer. Blair for President? Not if we have a vestige of sanity left. STOP BLAIR from becoming the EU President! Go to almost 5000 new signatures since 15th July. Stop this travesty from happening. Sign too the petition to press for him to be brought to the Hague to face charges for war crimes & illegal warmongering. (

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 8 months ago

How about we hire 5 million people to dig holes and another 5 million to fill them back in? That would create 10 million jobs and would be just as effective.

blindrabbit 8 years, 8 months ago

Strappara and Setting: You guys must be "old technology" investors. Regardless of your feelings about Blair, he is right-on on this topic.

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