CIA Places Climate Change On Its Agenda

Interesting report today in Marketwatch (a Rupert Murdoch/Dow Jones site) about CIA getting involved in climate change, global warming and other Al Gore-like topics. The article’s focus is on whether or not it’s appropriate for CIA to be doing this as opposed to countering terrorism, but it made me wonder if CIA is trying to propagate what some are calling the global warming myth. I certainly know some New World Order conspiracy theory types who would find a hidden agenda in this announcement. From the report:

The Central Intelligence Agency is opening a Center on Climate Change. Its mission is to examine the national security impact of phenomena such as desertification, rising sea levels, population shifts and heightened competition for natural resources.

Such a mission is certainly needed. Many of the world’s conflicts begin as natural-resource disputes. The genocide in Darfur, Sudan, began as a fight over water between farmers and ranchers; the rebellion in Nigeria is over oil and the distribution of profits; the clashes in Congo are over mining and mineral sales. The list goes on to include energy and the Middle East and deforestation and landowner rights in Central and South America.

Natural-resource conflicts will only flare more hotly as climate change worsens atmospheric conditions. So it makes sense that the CIA would want to begin a centralized climate-change analysis.

“Decision makers need information and analysis on the effects climate change can have on security. The CIA is well positioned to deliver that intelligence,” said CIA Director Leon Panetta in a statement announcing the center’s opening.

He’s correct, of course, but the center isn’t quietly beginning to operate; it’s drawing critics.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., says the center is the wrong priority. “The CIA should be combating terrorists, not spying on sea lions,” he says. A formal statement on his Web site says the freshman senator will fight the center’s funding…

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