When there is an enormous revenue stream at stake, actions taken to delay making any changes can produce a good return on investment. There is no doubt in my mind that people interested in prolonging fossil fuel dominance over the world economy have taken action to insert doubt in the public consciousness about the hazard of an increasing rate of atmospheric CO2 dumping.
Contrary to the often stated canard that addressing climate change would require a huge, expensive adjustment in our industrial economy, nuclear fission offers lower cost, safer, more reliable energy that does not produce any CO2. (Yes, there is a minor amount of CO2 production associated with initial plant construction and fuel manufacturing. It is approximately 0.5% of the amount produced by the lowest carbon fossil fuel on a per useful unit of energy basis.)
This short video titled “Doubt” offers a stark comparison between the actions taken by the tobacco industry to extend its profitable business for decades after there was no longer any doubt about the negative health effects of addictive consumption of cigarettes and the actions taken by the global hydrocarbon fuel establishment to sow doubt about the hazard of continuing to dump ever increasing quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere.