With a higher than average number of psychopaths, sociopaths and narcissists in corporate executive positions in general, I suspect that the percentage is even higher for oil and coal company executives (remember the up close TV coverage of Senate hearings of tobacco company executives). Especially when considering the use of an ongoing disinformation campaign from fossil fuel interest (that is very similar in methodology to the propaganda used by tobacco companies) to cripple a united front to move towards renewable energy sources and away from fossil fuel usage.
Even so, that does not excuse any of us for believing that the greenhouse effect is somehow not real. They have preyed upon our fears and offer us false hope by enabling us to more easily use denial as a psychological defense mechanism. And it is precisely this lack of mental acumen that corporate and political “manipulative personality disorders” prey upon.
[This is not a secret. Indeed, it is well publicized. Not that the average citizen is likely to believe it or even care, which is a bit ‘schitzy’ in and of itself. Thus, our president was right when he said he could gun someone down on the street and his people would give him a free pass.]
One minute video of tobacco executives stating that tobacco is not addictive:
“Why big tobacco didn’t fail”
(3 minute video)
Revenues for U.S. tobacco companies hit $117 billion in 2016, up from $78 billion in 2001. How the industry succeeded despite lawsuits, rising taxes and declining smoking rates:
Professions with the most psychopaths:
Link Between psychopathy and leadership:
Narcissistic CEOs Kill Their Companies:
Psychological Manipulation/ Antisocial, Borderline and Narcissistic: