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Friday, May 22, 2015

CIA stops its climate change research

From the National Journal: "The Central Intelligence Agency is shutting down a research program that offered classified data to scientists to examine the link between climate change and global security threats."

Here is a suggestion: How about examining the links between actual global security threats and global security?

More from the story:
A CIA spokesman confirmed that the agency had ended its MEDEA program, a 1990s-era intelligence program restarted in 2010 under President Obama. The collaboration gave scientists access to intelligence assets like satellite data to study climate change and inform on how its impacts could inflame conflicts.
CIA spokesman Ryan Whaylen said "these projects have been completed and CIA will employ these research results and engage external experts as it continues to evaluate the national security implications of climate change."
The news was first reported by Mother Jones.
The announcement comes just days after President Obama said climate change was a "serious threat to global security" in a commencement address to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Climate change, Obama said, "will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act, and we need to act now."
The story never really answers the question: Why is the CIA shutting it down? It hints at pressure from Republicans.

However, eventually, every agency in government will be about promoting the Democratic Party agenda and not its mission.


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