News from the Natural World: Siege mentality sinks in across the fossil fuel industry, but they have a secret weapon up their sleeve.
News from the Natural World: Siege mentality sinks in across the fossil fuel industry, but they have a secret weapon up their sleeve. In sociology, a siege mentality is a shared feeling of victimization and defensiveness—a term derived from the actual experience of military defences of real sieges. It is a defensive or paranoid attitude based on the belief that others are hostile towards one. This is supremely true in the fossil fuel industry where ‘once you develop a siege mentality, anything is believable’. However, it is not just found in the fossil fuel industry. Siege mentality is a concept found in different societies around the world. People may feel they are under attack by those with different worldviews. The focus becomes on protecting and defending themselves against those they believe want to destroy their way of life. This is true of the fossil fuel billionaires who simply couldn’t survive without their superyachts and mega-mansions. Because of this, the fossil fuel industry believes they are under attack and therefore refuse to listen to any criticism or views that do not fit with their own position and aims. We set out to discover what had caused this siege mentality in the human world of fossil fuels.