Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Barrasso wants hearings on CIA's climate change work

Ben Geman in the Hill describes the work of a distinguished Republican solon in bringing the piping hot crazy to the climate change debate: Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on Tuesday called for hearings on the use of intelligence satellites for gathering images of changing climate conditions, alleging that Central Intelligence Agency work with scientists on climate change is sapping the agency’s focus on preventing terrorism.

Barrasso renewed his attacks on the agency’s recent establishment of a Center on Climate Change and National Security, calling the agency’s work on the issue inappropriate in light of the failed Christmas Day airplane bombing.

“In times of peace and prosperity, this center would completely defy common sense. But today, only two weeks after a terrorist attempted to blow up a plane over our country, this center is absolutely ridiculous,” Barrasso said in a prepared statement. “The CIA’s resources should be focused on monitoring terrorists in caves – not polar bears on icebergs.” Barrasso opposes use of CIA satellites, personnel and other resources for climate change efforts.

In October, the Senate rejected Barrasso’s attempt to block the CIA’s climate work, voting 38-60 against his amendment to a defense spending bill that would have prevented funding for the agency’s program to assess the national security implications of climate change.

But opponents of Barrasso’s amendment – including Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) – said in October that the CIA’s initiative was appropriate and would not divert resources from anti-terrorism work…

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