Once a lie or even only a mistake has taken root, it’s very very hard to change. Like everyone else, scientists are aware of the risks of sticking out. Even when they know that what they say or do is fundamentally wrong, it’s most of the time safer to stick with what appears to be the accepted dogma. Saying that “I just used what was always used” is an excuse that always works. Thats why mistakes, frauds, scams, and lies survive for so long. Entire careers go down the drain uselessly before such things get stamped out and when they do, 1000 new erroneous ideas have taken root to perpetuate the cycle. Human nature works against us.
Much of climate research is focused on implausible scenarios of the future, but implementing a course correction will be difficult