Despite strong Republican opposition, America's Director of National Intelligence, Michael McConnell, has endorsed the need for US spy agencies to assess the threat to America from global warming over the next three decades. The study will analyze political, social, economic and agricultural risks.
The US Congress just passed a record, $48-billion intelligence authorization which includes the global warming assessment. Republicans, true to form, shoved their heads in the sand in opposition, one dismissing the assessment as a "bugs and bunnies" issue.
Global warming is going to give rise to new and potentially very dangerous security threats. That question has already been the subject of studies by a number of agencies including the Pentagon and the British Ministry of Defence.