The new face of methanol

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Tony Blair was guest speaker for Azerbaijan methanol producer Azmeco last month.

Azmeco reportedly coughed up £100,000 for the visit, to add to the estimated £14 million Blair has amassed since abandoning office. His speech gushed over methanol production's environmental benefits. But David Santillo, of Exeter University's Greenpeace Research Laboratories, was less enthusiastic. "This is a fossil fuel based development," he said. "If [Blair] is looking for a clear environmental benefits message in the lead-up to Copenhagen, this is certainly not one that we would support."

Azmeco chief executive Nasib Piriyev said, "We hope that [Blair] will mention Azerbaijan and our methanol company when he makes speeches around the world." We're sure he will, if the money's right.