Pielke Jr.: "There is an interesting investigative journalism project to be done on the revolving door between climate science & policy and private sector climate services. Just as one example, John Kerry's predecessor as 'climate envoy' co-founded a consulting firm that feeds off of RCP8.5. Absolutely fascinating how climate scenarios (RCPs, SSPs & their derivatives) are enabling entirely new markets for consulting based on financial risk assessments of fictional futures.
It is also amazing how much money is being paid to explore these outdated, fictional futures...
Here is a cozy eco-system:
Former gov't officials
Scientists w/ specialized knowledge
Current federal policymaking
Has always been so. But it is interesting how these dynamics promote implausible scenarios & keep bad science going."