Senators of both parties are pushing for U.S. intelligence agencies to assess the danger to the nation’s security posed by global warming.

Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Wednesday introduced legislation that would “require a National Intelligence Estimate to assess the security challenges presented by the world’s changing climate,” according to a statement from their offices.

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National Intelligence Estimates, or NIEs, represent the best information and thinking of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, distilled by their analysts into a series of key judgments about national security threats and other issues.

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The legislation will also fund additional research by the Department of Defense in order to examine the impact of climate change on military operations.

I doubt such assessments would tell us all that much we don’t know about global warming — and I’m not sure today’s intelligence agencies have exactly earned our trust — but I’m fairly certain such NIE’s would serve to further move climate change out of the “environmental” ghetto. Militarists could start talking about it too!