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    Greenwire: Amid budget scrutiny, CIA shutters climate center

    With the U.S. intelligence budget shrinking, the CIA has quietly shut down its Center on Climate Change and National Security -- a project that was launched with the support of Leon Panetta when he led the agency, but that drew sharp criticism from some Republicans in Congress.


    The center was designed as a small unit of senior specialists focused on the impact that environmental changes could have on political, economic and social factors in countries of concern to the United States. The analysts probed questions such as, under what scenarios might a massive drought cause large-scale migration, and when might a government's failure to respond to a devastating flood open the door for terrorist groups to win over the local populace?

    Analysts at the center worked to develop warning software that combined regional climate projections with political and demographic information, and held climate war games looking at what might happen in extreme scenarios, such as if rapid glacial melt caused the ocean's major currents to shut down.


    "Especially since Panetta left, there wasn't a lot of love for this at the CIA," a former defense official said of the climate center's work.


    "Closing the Climate Change Center at the CIA was the right decision," said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who led efforts to block the center's funding, in a statement to Greenwire. "It's critically important for the CIA to focus its resources on preventing terrorism and keeping Americans safe."

    Face palm.

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