Wednesday, 21 November 2012

CIA sets an example:Closes its climate change office

A most welcome decision by CIA:

The Central Intelligence Agency has disbanded its Center on Climate Change and National Security, a unit formed in 2009 to monitor the interplay between a warming planet and intelligence and security challenges.

Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, has been the most vocal critic of the C.I.A.’s climate change work. He welcomed the closing of its office.
“Closing the Climate Change Center at the C.I.A. was the right decision,” Mr. Barrasso said in a statement. “I offered an amendment on the Senate floor to eliminate the center because it was unnecessary, wasteful and totally out of place. It’s critically important for the C.I.A. to focus its resources on preventing terrorism and keeping Americans safe.”

Hopefully CIA's wise decision will inspire other agencies and institutions  - also outside of the U.S. - to follow suit. There are scores of useless "climate change offices" left to be closed. Waste of taxpayers' money should be prevented everywhere! 

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