CLINTEL calls out McKinsey Global Institute for Peddling Climate Science Fiction says Friends of Science

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In a letter to McKinsey Global Institute, commenting on two recent climate change reports, CLINTEL asks why McKinsey chose the wildly exaggerated scenario known as RCP 8.5, one that most climate scientists reject as science fiction, says Friends of Science. CLINTEL president Prof. Guus Berkhout and German teenager Naomi Seibt have challenged the EU on climate change; Friends of Science have taken on SLATE as climate crusaders against the public good.

On October 24, 2020, CLINTEL, the international climate intelligence group of over 900 scientists and scholars, sent McKinsey Global Institute a letter asking why their recent climate change reports relied on a future scenario of extreme warming, that most scientists reject as science fiction, says Friends of Science Society.

The climate modeled simulation is known as the Representative Concentration Pathway 8.5 (RCP 8.5), part of a series of simulations developed to study what factors affect climate change. According to a Jan. 2, 2020, article in Forbes, climate policy analyst Roger Pielke, Jr., in 2014, climate science was corrupted by two billionaires and a key climate activists who developed the “Risky Business” report, presenting the RCP 8.5 as business-as-usual, which it is not.

Pielke, Jr. writes: “According to the New York Times, in November 2012, one month after stepping down from the hedge fund he led, Steyer gathered environmental leaders and Democratic party leaders around the kitchen table at his ranch in Pescadero, California. Among those in attendance were Bill McKibben, the founder of, and John Podesta, who had founded the Center for American Progress (CAP) in 2003 to promote progressive causes.”

The “Risky Business” report was published after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had issued its AR5 ‘climate Bible’ in which it revealed there had been no statistically significant warming for 15 years prior, leading scientists like Dr. Judith Curry, to testify to the US Senate in 2014, that carbon dioxide is not the driver that can fine tune climate.

Pielke, Jr. shows how the “Risky Business” focus on the RCP 8.5 scenario proliferated through academic literature and public discussion. Even climate scientists Zeke Hausfather of the Breakthrough Institute and Glen Peters of Norway’s CICERO denounced the use of RCP 8.5 as ‘business-as-usual’ in a commentary published in NATURE Jan. 29, 2020. Their commentary is sub-titled: “Stop using the worst-case scenario for climate warming as the most likely outcome — more-realistic baselines make for better policy.”

In another CLINTEL initiative of Oct. 19, 2020, Prof. Guus Berkhout has co-signed a letter from German teenager Naomi Seibt to EU President, Ursala von der Leyen, with Naomi’s signature theme “I don’t want you to panic, I want you to think.” Seibt is countering a recent campaign by Greta Thunberg and several other young women who have petitioned or met with European leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, as reported by VOA News, Aug. 20, 2020.

The Seibt-Berkhout statement reads, in part: “Stop corrupting the goodwill and hope of the people by pressuring us with panic. Stop pretending that modest natural changes in the weather constitute an “emergency”. Stop putting the blame on the miners, refiners, motor manufacturers and electricity generators whose contributions to the improvement of life on Earth have been immeasurably net-beneficial.”

“The democratic, free-market civilization of the West flourishes because we uphold liberty as our highest virtue. It is a sacred accomplishment for which we ought to be grateful. We should not destroy the fruits of our philosophical, political and technological progress.”

Like CLINTEL, Friends of Science Society continues to challenge press censorship and distortion on climate science reporting. Most recently Friends of Science called out SLATE on Oct. 23, 2020, in a blog post and video, for publishing a fluffy climate crusader piece on West Coast wildfires when SLATE could have reported facts and offered citizens information on wildfire mitigation.

About Friends of Science Society

Friends of Science Society is an independent group of earth, atmospheric and solar scientists, engineers, and citizens that is celebrating its 18th year of offering climate science insights. After a thorough review of a broad spectrum of literature on climate change, Friends of Science Society has concluded that the sun is the main driver of climate change, not carbon dioxide (CO2). Friends of Science Society
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