Sen. Kamala Harris questions Pompeo on climate change

All of the workforce? >> Yes, ma’am. >> CIA director Brennan who spent 25-year career at the CIA as an analyst, senior manager and station chief in the field has said that when, quote, CIA analysts look for deeper causes of rising instability in the world, one of the causes those CIA analysts see as the — is the impact of climate change. Do you have any reason to doubt the assessment of these CIA analysts? >> Senator Harris, I haven’t had a chance to read those materials with respect to climate change. I do know the agency’s role there. Its role is to collect foreign intelligence, to understand threats to the world. That would certainly include threats from poor governance, regional instability, threats from all sources and deliver that information to policymakers. And to the extent the changes in climatic activity are part of that, we’ll deliver that information to you all and to the president.

>> In the past you have questioned the scientific consensus on climate change. Nevertheless, according to nasa, multiple studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals showed 97% or more of actively published climate scientists agree that climate warning trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. Do you have any reason to doubt nasa’s findings? >> Senator, I’ve actually spoken to this in my political life some. My commentary, most all has been directed to ensuring the policies that America put in place actually achieve the objective of ensuring we didn’t have catastrophic harm that resulted from changing climate.

I continue to hold that view. I, frankly, as the director of CIA, would prefer today not to get into the details of climate debate and science. It seems — my role is going to be so different and unique from that. It is going to be to work alongside warriors keeping Americans safe and so I stand by the things I’ve said previously with respect to that issue. >> So I’m not clear. Do you believe that nasa’s findings are debatable? >> I haven’t spent enough time to tell you that I’ve looked at nasa’s findings in particular. I can’t give you any judgment about that today. >> Can you guarantee me that you.