Thanks to LCs Jewells52 and Aubyn:
WASHINGTON - Top intelligence analysts are diving into the politically sensitive issue of climate change, but some Democrats in Congress are demanding even more.
The House Intelligence Committee approved a provision late Wednesday as part of a spy budget bill that would require the National Intelligence Council to produce its highest-level assessment — a National Intelligence Estimate — specifically on climate change.
So we’re going to strip our already underfunded intelligence gathering programs so our spooks can go spy on Mother Gaia to see what she’s up to?
Wow, that has to be the most singularly stupid thing we’ve heard of this week and, considering what comes out of the DemCong these days, that’s saying rather a lot. We were under the impression that intelligence is a rather valuable commodity, particularly during a time of war or, for that matter, it would’ve been nice to have more of prior to, say, 9/11, but obviously the DemCong don’t think it’s near as important as trying to figure out what that great, glowing ball in the sky might be scheming to do behind our backs. Inasmuch as they and their Church of the Goreacle has even acknowledged its existence, something that is far from clear at this time.
The bill, which the House could take up next week, calls on analysts to study the political, social, agricultural and economic risks associated with climate change over the next 30 years.
Republicans rejected the endeavor as an unnecessary distraction from higher priorities.
Yet the Office of the National Intelligence Director said it has begun working on the national security implications of climate change.
“The intelligence community necessarily explores a number of long-term issues that may have an effect on U.S. national security, including potential national security implication of global climate change,” spokesman Ross Feinstein said in a statement Thursday.
Oh, so they’re not going to spend scarce resources on studying the climate, they’re going to waste them on studying what as of yet unknown and quite uncertain changes might possibly mean for areas that, as far as we know, are already covered by other agencies. Beats having to do what they’re actually hired to do, we suppose.
The research, an intelligence official said, will not address the scientific foundations of global climate change scenarios. “That determination will be left up to the scientists,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity about internal policy issues.
Among questions that some are asking: Will drought and weather changes create mass migrations that could threaten governments? Will U.S. military bases be affected by rising sea levels?
Wouldn’t it make sense to see if the seas are actually rising first? We mean, if that’s the only threat we’re facing currently, then by all means, but don’t we have more imminent and demonstrable actual threats to deal with? Like, we don’t know, those people running around blowing up our soldiers and civilians? We forget what they’re called since the name has been banned by the MSM in favor of “militants”, but we’re sure you know who we’re talking about.
In a statement, Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Republican, questioned Democrats’ intelligence priorities, saying the report would divert scarce resources to study global warming.
Pish-posh. That’s not true at all. They’re not studying global wormening, they’re studying the possible effects of a problem that nobody has a clue as to the magnitude or existence of. See? Much better.
Republicans, he said, worked to focus on terrorists, rogue nations and U.S. enemies.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., went a step further, sponsoring an amendment to prohibit “environmental spying.” The proposal failed.
“Our government should not commit expensive spy satellites and human intelligence sources to target something as undefined as the environment,” Issa said.
Next, we’ll have the National Guard ordered to measure temperatures, fly weather balloons and print promotional fliers for “An Inconvenient Truth.”