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Threat assessments


New estimates show the federal government will spend nearly twice as much fighting global warming this year than on U.S. border security.

The White House reported to House Republicans that there are 18 federal agencies engaged in global warming activities in 2013, funding a wide range of programs, including scientific research, international climate assistance, incentivizing renewable energy technology and subsidies to renewable energy producers. Global warming spending is estimated to cost $22.2 billion this year, and $21.4 billion next year.

At the same time, the federal government will spend nearly $12 billion on customs and border enforcement this year.

Yeah, I know plucking a comparison out of all the numbers and just plunking it down without context can be misleading. How much money does it take to provide adequate border security, for example? That's more important to know than how much we spend on security compared with what we spend on something else. And how much of the global warming spending goes for environmental protection efforts that would be sensible even without the warmist nonsense?

Still, it's interesting. A specific, concrete, addressable problem -- border security -- gets half the funding of a dire warning of a threat that may or may not be addressable even if it is in fact real.