Intelligence panel Chairman Silvestre Reyes, Texas Democrat, said the
climate-change study is one of several shifts his party has made to intelligence
"We're concerned that global warming might impact our ability to maintain
national security," he told The Times, describing the idea as "cutting edge."
"We want to get feedback from the intelligence community to understand if
there are possible global issues," Mr. Reyes said, noting the change was on the
advice of "several former military commanders."
The panel voted 11-9 to keep the provision that directs a National
Intelligence Estimate "on the anticipated geopolitical effects of global climate
change and the implications of such effects on the national security of the
United States," according to a Republican staffer familiar with the bill.
As the ex-Chief Patrol Agent of the El Paso Border Patrol Sector, Reyes might plan to reassign the Patrol to studying anorexia because the lack of food has historically been a major cause of undocumented immigration.
UPDATE: Conservative Culture thinks this might be a Liberal plan.