It is a simple profit maximization strategy really; DENY< DENY< DENY for as long as possible that your product is harmful, so that your business is kept alive far longer than it ever should have logically existed. This is achieved by playing on the general populations' short-term need for jobs. (and in this case convincing people that climate change is a scare tactic of evil communists)
The Tobacco industry went through this. First stage in accepting new data is denial. How long did it take for the Surgeon General data to sink in and cause society to make meaningful changes?
Granulated Sugar is described by some as the most addictive substance on earth. However, it is taking decades for proper labelling and education to happen! Obesity is at record levels and we have a diabetes epidemic coming our way, as the boomers continue to age.
Lead in Gasoline took a decade or more to be eliminated after a simple study showed that people living in postal codes with higher incidences of lead in the atmosphere, had shorter life spans. And the examples go on.
The recent blockage of the COP24 summit’s key climate study by the U.S., Russia, Kuwait, and the Saudis is a great example of the DENY tactic in action. These major oil exporting countries most likely objected to the suggestion that fossil fuels need to be phased out by 2050. So in spite of all logic, they have decided to drag their feet for one simple reason. Think about how insignificant Saudi Arabia will become once the oil revenue drys up!
In Canada we do have a large oil and gas industry, but our current government also supports objective science. I do not agree with building more pipelines and disagree with the notion that we need time to phase out fossil fuels slowly. Our current Liberal government supports the building of some new pipelines. Now I do understand the need for jobs, but can we not do a better job of transitioning to new industries? That starts with being honest with people and telling them their industry is dying. Now whose job is that in our society? Definitely not on a politician’s job description, but certainly should be!