Former CIA head Woolsey is now clean-tech investor
James Woolsey, a clean-energy enthusiast with a strong energy security agenda, joins clean-tech venture capital firm VantagePoint Venture Partners.
R. James Woolsey, the former CIA director, has been hired as a clean-tech venture partner, VantagePoint Venture Partners said Wednesday.
Woolsey, who is also a former international arms treaty negotiator, has emerged as a prominent clean-energy advocate. He is focusing on energy issues and their role in national security.
He sees an intersection between political interests and environmental protection when it comes to energy.
In a talk at the MIT Energy Conference last month, Woolsey said a number of technologies--although not all--appeal to both "treehuggers" and "hawks," including energy efficiency, co-generation, distributed electricity generation, biofuels, and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
"You can make money, instead of losing it, by doing things environmentally," he said at the conference.
Woolsey follows former Vice President Al Gore in a transition from politics to eco-investing. Gore is a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, another venture firm.
For more on Woolsey, see this profile in Mother Jones magazine, which called him "Hybrid Hawk."