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DRILLED

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A true-crime podcast about climate change.

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Launching November 14th, Drilled is a limited series investigative true-crime podcast about the crime of the century: the creation of climate denial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Bell Labs of Energy

The Bell Labs of Energy

2018-11-1400:17:11

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Exxon wanted to be the Bell Labs of energy. It hired brilliant scientists who conducted cutting-edge research on everything from the "greenhouse effect" to renewable energy. At the time, there was bipartisan support around the idea of tackling global warming, and a sense that American innovation was up to the task. To see the documents referenced in this episode, check out the timeline on drilledpodcast.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Turn

The Turn

2018-11-1500:18:521

As the price of oil dipped in the early 1980s, management changed at most oil companies and the industry as a whole became more concerned with preserving its core business than expanding in new directions and being "energy companies." Then the campaigns to undermine the science began.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As climate disinformation campaigns ramped up in the 1990s, oil companies and their PR firms exploited weaknesses in the U.S. media system and propped up "contrarian" scientists to push the narrative of scientific uncertainty and shift how journalists covered the issue.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In addition to using journalists' views on their own objectivity against them, oil companies exploited various weaknesses in science, namely scientists' tendency toward not prioritizing or valuing good communication skills, and their absolute refusal to be certain about anything.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
To make media manipulation and lobbying truly effective, oil companies and their public relations firms also had to shift the culture, influencing everything from civil discourse to how religious groups viewed the issue of climate change.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
If you unravel climate policy back to its origins, eventually you get to academic research. Although oil companies dramatically reduced their own scientific research on climate in the 1990s, by the early 2000s they began funding research centers at prestigious universities throughout the country, subtly shaping the research that any eventual policy would be based upon.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The fossil fuel industry's decades-long information war was so successful that even though oil companies themselves began publicly accepting climate science years ago, the public remains skeptical. Fewer Americans believe in the need to act on climate today than did 30 years ago, despite insurmountable evidence. Industry campaigns were so successful they've now landed oil companies in court, facing multiple suits attempting to hold them accountable for the damages inflicted by unchecked climate change.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Winning the War

Winning the War

2018-11-1800:20:44

Fossil fuel industry influence campaigns ensured that we lost a critical 30 years not taking action on climate change. But all is not lost. The technology to address climate change exists, and if there's one thing history teaches us about America it's that radical social change is entirely possible here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a batch of aggressive countersuits, Exxon is accusing the counties, cities, and states of conspiring to quash its First Amendment rights to political speech. It's an idea with a long and twisting history that we dig into in this episode. Membership program: criticlfrequency.org/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Two new reports highlight that, since the Paris Agreement in 2016, the fossil fuel industry has ramped up both oil production and greenwashing. Plus: why the heck are mainstream media outlets making Big Oil's ads for them?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A look at how those fossil fuel-backed deception campaigns are continuing today, behind a couple layers of energy industry organizations, alliances, and "news" sites. Documentation: Western Energy Alliance 990, showing global oil execs on its board: https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2016/840/700/2016-840700841-0e72e02b-9O.pdf More on the formation of Energy In Depth: https://www.desmogblog.com/%E2%80%98energy-depth%E2%80%99-was-created-major-oil-and-gas-companies-according-industry-memo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2015 a warm water "blob," the result of both warming oceans and shifting wind patterns, wreaked havoc on West Coast fishing towns. Three years into a new reality in which climate change has shifted the marine food web, they're fighting back. West Coast crab fishermen just became the first industry to take on Big Oil for its role in not only contributing to climate change but creating climate denial. Get the full story of these unlikely climate activists in a new six-part series, dropping April 22nd.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 2015, West Coast crab fishermen were shut down by climate change. Atmospheric changes had warmed waters and upended everything from the food chain to ocean upwelling. They didn't realize it would be their new normal, or that scientists had been telling the oil industry this would happen since the 1960s. Welcome to season 2 of Drilled: Hot Water.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As the 2015 delay wears on, and holiday markets come and go, crabbers are getting desperate. Some are forced out of business, others worry that this is the new normal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Now facing annual closures due to climate change, crabbers learn some new information that spurs them to become the first industry to sue Big Oil.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
As the crabbers' lawsuit against the world's 30 largest fossil fuel producers is filed, we take a look at the evidence, and what exactly sent crabbers—particularly more conservative ones—to court.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2E5 David vs. Goliath

S2E5 David vs. Goliath

2019-05-1300:17:29

As the first industry to sue Big Oil, the West Coast crab fishery is likely to meet an even tougher fight than the states, counties, and cities trying to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable. Oil companies are arguing a First Amendment defense and pointing out that commercial fishermen are themselves consumers of fossil fuels, but it remains to be seen whether those arguments stick, especially in a world increasingly educated and worried about climate change.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2E6: Facing Extinction

S2E6: Facing Extinction

2019-05-2000:13:26

As the crabbers' 2018-2019 season comes to an abrupt close, they prepare for a year that could see the fishery close altogether. Meanwhile the oil industry is pushing to quash the crabbers' climate suit, forcing the question: Which industries do we protect, and which do we let go? As natural resources are increasingly impacted by climate change, who will pick the winners and losers and how will we survive?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
New York's fraud trial against ExxonMobil closed November 7th. Reporter Emily Gertz and Union of Concerned Scientist's Kathy Mulvey watched it closely and bring us their takes on this trial and Exxon's next fraud trial, in Massachusetts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Sep 16th
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Krim

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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Rmuffin

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

Jun 4th
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Mike Hansen

So refreshing what a talented young woman!

May 17th
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GARGAMEL NETZ

really good content! thanks

Mar 1st
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GARGAMEL NETZ

TOP! X

Mar 1st
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