Author: Critical Frequency

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A true-crime podcast about climate change, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt.

68 Episodes
The Republican Party has been almost uniformly opposed to climate action for years — nobody more so than President Donald Trump. But it wasn't always like this. Today we're sharing an episode of How to Save a Planet, entitled "Making Republicans Environmentalists Again". It looks back at how conservatives came to see the denial of climate science as a kind of badge of honor — and how two conservative activists are trying to change that. If you enjoyed this episode, go check out more of How to Save a Planet here: Support our work: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
S5 Ep 8 | Damages

S5 Ep 8 | Damages


Chevron's legal team shocks the Ecuadorian plaintiffs with a massive racketeering claim in the U.S. alleging fraud, witness tampering, and even bribery. Patreon: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
S5 Ep7 | The Linchpin

S5 Ep7 | The Linchpin


Chevron's attorneys go after Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker behind the documentary about the case, Crude. They subpoena his outtakes, kicking off a years-long First Amendment battle. Support our work: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
New York District Court Judge Loretta Preska has denied repeated requests to delay Donziger's criminal contempt trial until at least one of his lawyers can be present. Barring any last-minute changes, he'll stand trial Monday, November 9th, after which he could be sent to jail for six months. In this ep, reporter Karen Savage brings us the latest and we hear from attorneys Lauren Regan and Ronald Kuby about what sort of precedent this sets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The case takes a bizarre turn with a sting operation, U.S. subpoenas, accusations of fraud and bribery, and finally a verdict in Ecuador. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
S5 Ep5 | The Big Guns

S5 Ep5 | The Big Guns


With the Ecuadorian plaintiffs racking up good press and an endorsement from the country's president, Chevron kicks things up a notch, bringing on new lawyers and PR firms to tell a very different story. Support our work: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In this episode of Generation Green New Deal, Drilled host Amy Westervelt co-hosts with Sam Eilertsen to look at what happened to block climate action in the 90s and and 2000s, why various fossil fuel industry strategies worked at the time, and what makes the youth climate movement's approach different and more effective. Check out Generation Green New Deal wherever you get your pods! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In September 2009, Chevron filed an international arbitration claim against the government of Ecuador over the Lago Agrio case. In the years since the company has pointed to the decisions of that arbitral panel as something akin to court decisions, but they're not—arbitral tribunals exist to help companies protect their profits, and are largely conducted in secret. This system has been quietly shaping environmental and climate policy for years. In this episode, expert Marcos Orellana walks us through this shadowy system, this case in particular, and what it all means for global climate action. Support our work: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
S5 Ep3 | The Trial

S5 Ep3 | The Trial


The trial gets underway in Ecuador, an election changes the calculus, and a global PR war kicks into high gear. Support our work: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
How did this case come about in the first place? We go back to the early days of oil colonialism in Ecuador, in the 1960s, the partnership between oil men and missionaries, and the impact on indigenous communities in the Amazon. Support our work: Read more: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
S5 Ep1 | Lockdown

S5 Ep1 | Lockdown


In August 2019, an American lawyer was put on house arrest as he awaited trial on criminal contempt charges. The charges stem from a decades-long case that began with pollution in the Amazon and has since spanned continents and courtrooms while the victims—indigenous tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon—continue to seek justice. Welcome to Season 5: La Lucha En La Jungla. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that the fossil fuel industry is pinning its hopes on a plastic boom—and try as it might to spur that demand, it's just not materializing. Report author Kingsmill Bond joins us to discuss. Read the full report here: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Climate Podcast Bonanza!

Climate Podcast Bonanza!


In addition to S5 of Drilled (coming soon!), Critical Frequency is putting out a terrific slate of great climate and environment podcasts this fall. Check out this sampling, then go subscribe so you won't miss them! Inherited: Hot Take: Generation Green New Deal: Hazard: No Place Like Home: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A few weeks ago the Trump administration quietly proposed a rule that would make it harder for financial managers to investment retirement funds in environmentally or socially responsible ways. The fossil fuel industry had been calling for the rule and praised it, noting that the divestment movement has become a serious problem and reduced its access to capital. Journalist David Sirota broke that story and joins us to explain. PLUS: a sneak peek of S5. Check out David's newsletter: Subscribe to Drilled now to get early access to episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The FBI arrested Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder, this month for racketeering, or as the state attorney general put it "bribery, that's what it was." Private utility First Energy bribed Householder and a handful of other state politicians to pass a corporate bailout that kept coal and nuclear plants open and crushed renewables. UC Santa Barbara political science professor Leah Stokes, author of the book Short Circuiting Policy, joins to tell us all about it. Leah's book: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
An advocacy group in The Netherlands began campaigning for a ban on fossil fuel ads, including event sponsorships, earlier this year. Campaigner Femke Sleegers joins us to explain the roots of the campaign, its goal, and the initial response to it. More information:  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Despite tax breaks, royalty cuts, and other COVID-related incentives, Chesapeake Energy—a pioneer in the American shale gas (fracking) industry—declared bankruptcy this week. It's the first example of what we expect to be many of the government throwing good money after bad in attempts to use COVID relief funds to shore up companies that were failing long before the pandemic hit. Patreon: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Two big new suits, in Minnesota and D.C., were filed within 24 hours of each other and allege the same thing: that fossil fuel companies misled consumers about climate change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that not only have oil and gas companies not been budgeting for plugging and abandoning wells, they've been grossly underestimating the cost of that work, especially for fracking wells. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the problem. Report co-authors Rob Schuwerk and Greg Rogers join to talk about the size of the problem, the cost, and who will ultimately pay. Report: Support us: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, some climate activists have been saying "now's not the time to talk about climate." In this episode we bring you an encore presentation of the latest Hot Take episode, in which Amy and Mary Annaise Heglar talk about how justice is justice; the idea that climate and racial justice are all the same thing, and can't be separated. To access the full-length episode, and weekly roundups of climate justice and accountability writing, reporting and analysis, please consider becoming a Hot Take premium subscriber: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Nov 5th

Jon Hart

This is one of the most enlightening podcasts I have had the pleasure of listening too.

May 11th

Joe Campbell

The smug tone is too annoying to listen to - I couldn't make it through the first edition.

May 6th


makes me sad and furious listening to this, but my gosh is it a fantastic podcast. Great Work!

Apr 19th

Amanda Joy

why is the sound quality so terrible? I wish I could listen but this is unbearable.

Apr 8th

kWide Vidsb

don't have kids. kids have bigger co2 footprint than all your flights in your whole lifetime and beyond combined

Apr 4th

N Me

this show is very well done, it lays bare the calculated steps taken by the "titans of industry" along side DC, to manufacture a disinformation campaign in order to deny climate science. (warning: nausea is a possible side effect of listening.)

Mar 2nd


Why only criticize Bernie Sanders?

Sep 5th
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Michael Jiggens

I sent your podcast to a friend of mine and he blocked me. I just sent him this: "Dear _______. You've obviously blocked me on WhatsApp. As this is going to make for (at best) some awkwardness at karate, maybe we should sort this out before tomorrow. I sent you a genuinely fascinating link to a very well researched and totally fact checkable podcast (sent to most of my friends in fact, as it's really quite good) as I thought you would be interested. We had discussed the topic before in a friendly manner and I had promised I would provide you with evidence to back up my assertions. I compiled quite an exhaustive body of evidence, but realised you would be unlikely to wade through it and apply the critical thinking it requires. No insult intended there, I appreciate you're a busy man and the time and effort required to properly assess these studies could be used for doing other things. Personally, I am always ready for friendly debate and I am always prepared to admit I'm wrong if shown a more convincing argument. I like being proved wrong, it helps me evolve as a person. I live by the adage 'show me a man of fifty who still holds the same opinions he did at thirty and I'll show you a man who wasted twenty years of his life'. I find the frankly childish tactic of blocking anyone I don't agree with (I used to do it too, part of why I left social media) to be a toxic and divisive behaviour that does no good to anyone. It suggests a lack of faith in one's convictions leading to an unwillingness to be proved wrong. 'Lalalala I'm not listening' kind of thing... There really is no shame in admitting you're wrong, the real shame is insisting you're right despite strong evidence to the contrary. This applies as much to me as to you. I consider you to be a good friend and therefore I implore you to not throw away a valuable friendship for no reason at all. Your friend, Michael. " No reply yet. He's a middle aged white Conservative. We live in the UK.

Jul 28th
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Such important investigative journalism. I will be subscribing to Drilled! Thank you

Jun 4th

Mike Hansen

So refreshing what a talented young woman!

May 17th


really good content! thanks

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