Green es­ti­mate

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Pen­tagon of­fi­cials are ques- tion­ing Congress’ wis­dom in or­der­ing the U.S. intelligence com­mu­nity to con­duct anal­y­sis of na­tional se­cu­rity threats posed by en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues dur­ing a time of war.

“For a coun­try at war I find this ex­pe­di­ent pan­der­ing of the first or­der,” one of­fi­cial said of what’s be­ing dis­parag­ingly called the Green Es­ti­mate.

Gath­er­ing intelligence and pro­duc­ing anal­y­sis on how hu­mans are trash­ing the planet is likely to re­flect the gen­eral lib­eral bias within the intelligence com­mu­nity. The re­sult is ex­pected to be a harsh as­sess­ment of how the in­dus­tri­al­ized na­tions, par­tic­u­larly the United States and Europe, are to blame.

“Let’s all be hon­est about the big­gest pol­luter and most care­less cus­to­dian of mother Earth, the PRC,” the de­fense of­fi­cial said of China, where seven of the 10 largest rivers are “dead” from pol­lu­tion.

Will U.S. intelligence agen­cies, which have been de­fi­cient in intelligence re­port­ing on China’s mil­i­tary buildup, re­port ac­cu­rately on Bei­jing’s pol­lu­tion and con­tri­bu­tion to green­house gases and global warm­ing?

Don’t count on it, the of­fi­cials said. Lib­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists in Congress and the private sec­tor will prob­a­bly make sure that the intelligence re­por ts on global warm­ing avoid crit­i­ciz­ing the com­mu­nist regime in Bei­jing, which re­cently an­nounced that eco­nomic mod­ern­iza­tion still trumps any con­cerns over Chi­nese pol­lu­tion.

A pro­vi­sion of the fis­cal 2008 intelligence au­tho­riza­tion bill calls for the di­rec­tor of na­tional intelligence to pro­duce a “na­tional intelligence es­ti­mate” on global cli­mate change within nine months.

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