Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Just how far does the President intend to go, with ordering Intelligence Agencies to combat climate change?
Obama inserts climate change into national security strategy
President Obama is asking 20 federal offices to work together on a national security strategy to address climate change.
Obama signed a directive on Wednesday telling the offices to develop a “federal climate and national security working group” to “identify the U.S. national security priorities related to climate change and national security, and develop methods to share climate science and intelligence information to inform national security policies and plans,” the White House said.
He charged the group with developing a climate change action plan within 90 days, laying out steps for sharing climate data, research ideas and vulnerability assessments for parts of the United States that are threatened by climate change over the next three decades.
Obama also asked the agencies — which cover climate offices and national security missions — to write implementation plans for combatting climate change.
How does the CIA, the NSA, and all the other agencies in the bottomless government agency alphabet soup respond to a demand that they plan for combatting climate change? Do they simply analyse what is happening around the world, and make stuff up when it becomes apparent that climate is not a significant issue? Or do they try to look busy, by harassing ordinary people who oppose government policy?
The USA, pretty nearly all countries have experienced chilling episodes of over zealous government officials who abused their authority, when they succumbed to noble cause corruption.
In 2013, President Obama was forced to apologise when the IRS abused their power, harassing and targeting right wing political opponents of the President.
Ordering intelligence agencies to focus on climate change has the potential to take this harassment of political opponents to an entirely new level. An adverse tax audit is hideously inconvenient, but it is not likely to cost you your life.