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May 29, 2020
Reporters Alexander Beunder and Jilles Mast have been combing through 150+ boxes of documents from the personal archive of one of the Netherlands' top climate skeptics during the 1990s, a guy named Fritz Böttcher, and made a shocking discovery: throughout his career Böttcher received direct funding from Royal Dutch Shell. It's part of a large project called the Shell Papers at the Platform for Authentic Journalism, in the Netherlands. Read more: Shell Papers: https://www.ftm.nl/dutch-multinationals-funded-climate-sceptic Shorter summary of Böttcher report: https://desmog.co.uk/2020/05/14/bottcher-shell-funding-european-climate-science-denial Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2020
Last week, The New York Times ran a story on the GOP's favorite new climate narrative: If you think quarantine is bad, just wait til the Dems impose climate action on you. In this special ep from Hot Take, with Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt, we look at how that narrative came about, why it's striking a nerve, and how to wrestle the climate story back. Subscribe to Hot Take: https://realhottake.substack.com/subscribe Listen to Hot Take: https://podlink.to/realhottake Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2020
In April 2020, Fred Singer, longtime king of the climate deniers, died at the age of 95. In this episode, investigative reporter Dan Zegart, author of the book Civil Warriors, about the 1990s tobacco litigation, joins to talk about Singer's place in the history of science denial. Connor Gibson, an investigator with Greenpeace also joins to talk about the climate denial machine Singer built, the legacy he leaves behind, and whether the COVID-19 pandemic may topple science denial and fake free marketeering forever. Singer obituary: https://www.drillednews.com/post/fred-singer-obituary-climate-denier Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 9, 2020
A lawsuit filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over a small project in Massachusetts could have big implications. It aims to force FERC to comply with an order the courts gave it back in 2017, and that it's been ignoring ever since: to evaluate the overall emissions and climate change impact of any new energy project. The case has particular relevance right now as FERC has been rapidly approving every project that crosses its desk. Adam Carlesco, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, joins to walk us through the case. Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 9, 2020
A lawsuit filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over a small project in Massachusetts could have big implications. It aims to force FERC to comply with an order the courts gave it back in 2017, and that it's been ignoring ever since: to evaluate the overall emissions and climate change impact of any new energy project. The case has particular relevance right now as FERC has been rapidly approving every project that crosses its desk. Adam Carlesco, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, joins to walk us through the case. Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 29, 2020
Political scientist and environmental policy expert Leah Stokes joins us to discuss the many things the new film Planet of the Humans gets wrong about renewable energy, environmentalists and the fight for climate action. Related stories: https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21238597/michael-moore-planet-of-the-humans-climate-change https://www.drillednews.com/post/planet-of-the-ecofascists https://www.drillednews.com/post/is-your-power-company-a-climate-denier Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 22, 2020
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the week of the 10-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater oil spill, we head to Louisiana to talk petrochemicals, petroleum, plastic, fossil fueled philanthropy, and how the pandemic is affecting it all. Fossil-Free Fest: https://www.fossilfreefest.org/fff2020/ Bucket Brigade: https://labucketbrigade.org/ Healthy Gulf: https://www.healthygulf.org/ Support us: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 22, 2020
French artist Joanie Lemercier has been a thorn in Autodesk's side for more than a year now, since he first pointed out that the California software company's computer-aided drafting (CAD) software keeps Europe's largest coal mine operating. Tech reporter Maddie Stone started looking into it, and found that Autodesk software is used by not only coal mines but also to design oil and gas pipelines, and for all sorts of other extractive purposes. It's a window into a broader discussion around climate accountability and tech these days that asks the question: how do we hold tech companies responsible for the damage their products might do? Read the feature here: https://www.drillednews.com/post/computer-aided-destruction Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 17, 2020
MSNBC’s Ali Velshi has been an extreme weather reporter, he’s mastered explaining the DOW and now he’s one of the most visible journalists bringing consistent climate reporting to a large audience. Ali joins us to trace his evolution as a reporter, why a scoreboard makes it easier to keep people focused and the paradox a smog-free LA being good TV. Velshi brings his trademark candor and clarity to a conversation that takes us behind the scenes of one of the country’s largest news organizations. For the climate-concerned individual, Velsi says, “There is no one coming to save you. This is work for adults, you actually have to figure out what the right things are. We are in a world in which there's no time now for us to look for the leaders who are going to save us.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 16, 2020
In a new report, the Center for International Environmental Law looks at the way oil, gas and petrochemical companies are leveraging the pandemic to push policy and increase profits, and whether these efforts will ultimately be successful. Carroll Muffet, one of our S3 experts, joins to walk us through some of the key points of the report, including how the industry is using the pandemic to push more single-use plastics. Read the report: Pandemic Crisis, Systemic Decline: Why Exploiting the COVID-19 Crisis Will Not Save the Oil, Gas, and Plastics Industries  Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 15, 2020
Mary Annaise Heglar is a singular voice. She is uncompromising and unapologetic. Her recent Wired piece, “We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You,” proved, once again, why she is one of our most vital climate justice writers and thinkers. A writer-in-residence at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Mary is also fierce and funny and doesn’t just convey the facts about climate change. She conveys the truth. She brought her usual blazing candor to this conversation AND she gifted us a reading list that is perfect for these long, COVID lock-down days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 15, 2020
Because of their proximity to oil and gas operations, residents of Broomfield, Colorado were at risk of exposure to flowback-driven air pollution during shelter-in-place orders, so the city issued an emergency decree for local operations to cease fracking flowback during the pandemic. Extraction Oil filed for a temporary restraining order to block the city's decree. It's the first test of Colorado's 2019 law prioritizing public health and safety over oil and gas production, which allows local governments to set safeguards that are more stringent than state regulations. Climate-COVID-19 policy tracker: https://www.drillednews.com/post/the-climate-covid-19-policy-tracker Support our work: https://www.drillednews.com/support-us Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 10, 2020
Dr. Aaron Bernstein has an extraordinary commitment to children. He’s a pediatrician and is the Interim Director at Harvard C-Change -The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Besides being a great human being, he’s one of the true experts on how the climate crisis is harming our health -- particularly children’s health. Sometimes it feels like the climate community talks a lot about “the future,” but we miss what’s right in front of our noses - the children around us. Both COVID-19 and the climate crisis are extreme health threats. We have to use this moment in time to stay focused on the ways we address these interconnected threats, learn, and then act - knowing we’re also acting on behalf of the people who are trusting us to take care of them and do the right thing. Yeah… our young people. Subscribe to the Heated newsletter: https://heated.world/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 8, 2020
Strap in because environmental justice organizer Anthony Rogers-Wright brings the heat. In his role as the policy coordinator for the Climate Justice Alliance, Anthony advocates for a huge network of indigenous, urban black, and low-income communities on the front lines of climate change who all share one thing in common: they are all disproportionately harmed by the effects of climate change and pollution. As Anthony makes abundantly clear, the reality that we have to face right now is that we will not be equal in our suffering when it comes to climate change. Just as we will not be equal in our suffering when it comes to coronavirus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 7, 2020
Dr. Julia Steinberger, professor of social ecology and ecological economics at the University of Leeds, has published some really interesting research recently debunking some classic fossil fuel narratives around the industry's importance to society and human wellbeing. Here we dig into her latest study, which found that while fossil fuel use has certainly grown GDP, it has had no effect on life expectancy ... in other words the industry's "benefit" has accrued to relatively few humans. Study: "Your Money or Your Life?" Environmental Research Letters https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7461/meta Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-research-questions-societal-benefit-of-fossil-fuels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 3, 2020
The New Republic’s Kate Aronoff is our guest and shares some creative policy solutions to the climate and pandemic crises. In our conversation, we can’t help but notice that Washington has ZERO interest in creative policy. Quite the opposite, the fossil fuel and legacy polluters are clamoring for some of that sweet, sweet COVID relief money. They’re jamming their usual policy agenda while Republicans are shamelessly screaming it’s “not the time” to talk about climate policy. This seems like a good time to have a serious heart to heart with your Congressional representatives.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 3, 2020
Field investigator Sharon Wilson has spotted a troubling increase in methane emissions from refineries in the Permian Basin, in Texas. Things went from bad to worse in January 2020, and really blew up in early March ... almost as though they knew regulators wouldn't be watching. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 3, 2020
Field investigator Sharon Wilson has spotted a troubling increase in methane emissions from refineries in the Permian Basin, in Texas. Things went from bad to worse in January 2020, and really blew up in early March ... almost as though they knew regulators wouldn't be watching. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 1, 2020
The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil and Chevron have been amongst the biggest opponents to bailouts for shale gas companies as part of the coronavirus relief package. DeSmog's Justin Mikulka joins us to explain why. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Follow Justin's reporting: https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/03/27/shale-bailout-trump-oil-exxon-strategic-petroleum-reserve Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
April 1, 2020
Bill McKibben has been a leader in the climate movement for more than 20 years as a journalist, author, and co-founder of 350.org. Here he talks to HEATED's Emily Atkin about what the COVID-19 and climate crises have in common, the lessons both teach us about delayed responses, and how to continue collective action when everyone's at home on their own. Subscribe to the HEATED newsletter: https://heated.world/ Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/heated-bill-mckibben-on-solidarity-in-the-time-of-social-distancing Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 30, 2020
The HEATED podcast is a 6 episode, limited run series that shows how COVID-19 and the climate crisis cannot be separated. In a series of up-to-the-minute interviews with Bill McKibben, Mary Heglar, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Kate Aronoff and others, HEATED's Emily Atkin connects the dots on how two of the most pressing issues of our time are really one and the same. Subscribe to the HEATED newsletter: https://heated.world/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 30, 2020
The HEATED podcast is a 6 episode, limited run series that shows how COVID-19 and the climate crisis cannot be separated. In a series of up-to-the-minute interviews with Bill McKibben, Mary Heglar, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Kate Aronoff and others, HEATED's Emily Atkin connects the dots on how two of the most pressing issues of our time are really one and the same. Subscribe to the HEATED newsletter: https://heated.world/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 28, 2020
The oil and gas industry was headed for broke long before COVID-19. Now the Trump administration wants to use the pandemic to put it on life support, while the American Petroleum Institute uses it to get the industry's deregulation wishlist. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/post/will-pandemic-relief-become-a-petroleum-industry-slush-fund More from the ARO Working Group: https://www.arowatch.org/about-arowatch/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 25, 2020
Drilled will be back with bonus episodes soon. In the meantime, check out one of our other climate podcasts, Hot Take. In this episode, hosts Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Westervelt talk to David Wallace Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth and deputy editor of New York magazine, about the intersection of climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. Get ad-free eps and support Drilled's reporting: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled More reporting: https://www.drillednews.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 17, 2020
This season we've traced the creation of Big Oil's big propaganda machine. In this episode, the season finale, we look at what can be done about it now that it has delivered us into an era of disinformation. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen and former FCC commissioner Nicholas Johnson join us to talk about everything from the Fairness Doctrine to cable access to today's "post-fact" world, and where we can really go from here. Special thanks to Mary Catherine O'Conner for additional reporting. Have ideas? Drop us a line! amy@drillednews.com Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Follow us @WeAreDrilled Get more info & subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.drillednews.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 10, 2020
E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of greenwashing." Together the Harrisons ran multiple cross-industry coalitions and front groups, aimed primarily at stopping regulation on everything from smoking to carbon emissions. Today, Ms. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she's held since 2005. Read more: http://www.drillednews.com Transcript: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 10, 2020
E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of greenwashing." Together the Harrisons ran multiple cross-industry coalitions and front groups, aimed primarily at stopping regulation on everything from smoking to carbon emissions. Today, Ms. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she's held since 2005. Documents & Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-documents-link-tobacco-oil-and-public-media Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
March 3, 2020
John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up representing the American Petroleum Institute and the Tobacco Industry Research Committee—a fake research group formed by the CEOs of all the major tobacco companies in the 1950s—at the very same time. His manipulation skills were so good they even fooled the legendary Edward R. Murrow. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mgd5kxkoivm4059v8r0k3/S3_Ep7.docx?dl=0&rlkey=9v7b500bkpvcx577a9juco4hb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 29, 2020
E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of greenwashing." Together the Harrisons ran multiple cross-industry coalitions and front groups, aimed primarily at stopping regulation on everything from smoking to carbon emissions. Today, Ms. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she's held since 2005. Documents & Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-documents-link-tobacco-oil-and-public-media Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 29, 2020
John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up representing the American Petroleum Institute and the Tobacco Industry Research Committee—a fake research group formed by the CEOs of all the major tobacco companies in the 1950s—at the very same time. His manipulation skills were so good they even fooled the legendary Edward R. Murrow. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mgd5kxkoivm4059v8r0k3/S3_Ep7.docx?dl=0&rlkey=9v7b500bkpvcx577a9juco4hb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 29, 2020
This season we've traced the creation of Big Oil's big propaganda machine. In this episode, the season finale, we look at what can be done about it now that it has delivered us into an era of disinformation. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen and former FCC commissioner Nicholas Johnson join us to talk about everything from the Fairness Doctrine to cable access to today's "post-fact" world, and where we can really go from here. Special thanks to Mary Catherine O'Conner for additional reporting. Have ideas? Drop us a line! amy@drillednews.com Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Follow us @WeAreDrilled Get more info & subscribe to our newsletter: https://www.drillednews.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 28, 2020
E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco companies. E. Bruce is considered the father of environmental public relations ... or by his critics, "the godfather of greenwashing." Together the Harrisons ran multiple cross-industry coalitions and front groups, aimed primarily at stopping regulation on everything from smoking to carbon emissions. Today, Ms. Harrison is the president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a position she's held since 2005. Documents & Transcript: https://www.drillednews.com/post/new-documents-link-tobacco-oil-and-public-media Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 27, 2020
John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up representing the American Petroleum Institute and the Tobacco Industry Research Committee—a fake research group formed by the CEOs of all the major tobacco companies in the 1950s—at the very same time. His manipulation skills were so good they even fooled the legendary Edward R. Murrow. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/mgd5kxkoivm4059v8r0k3/S3_Ep7.docx?dl=0&rlkey=9v7b500bkpvcx577a9juco4hb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 25, 2020
Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, coined the term "public relations" when propaganda started to become a negative term. His specialty was using psychological know-how to manipulate the masses and orchestrate cultural shifts in his clients' favor (clients like Standard Oil, the American Tobacco Company, and General Motors). A few decades later, W. Howard Chase built onto that foundation with the idea of issues management—predicting an industry's potential issues, and manipulating political, social, and cultural forces to neutralize them. Chase is responsible for one of the best-known examples of greenwashing, the so-called "crying Indian ad," which introduced the idea of "litter bugs" and individual responsibility for pollution. Read more: www.drillednews.com Subscribe to Heated: http://www.heated.world Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 18, 2020
We'll be back with more Mad Men tales next week, we promise! While we're out chasing leads, listen to this great interview from Emily Atkin with The Guardian's interim CEO Anna Bateson about that publication's decision to stop taking ads from fossil fuel companies. Transcript and more info here: https://www.drillednews.com/ Subscribe to Heated: https://heated.world/subscribe Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 11, 2020
In part two of our episode on former Mobil VP Herb Schmertz, we dig into how Schmertz's approach bred false equivalence, and why he pushed so hard for the extension of First Amendment rights to corporations. More info: www.drillednews.com Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gxt69wolj570ghu/AACi6NovOxbn5VryZmpCfhM1a?dl=0 Subscribe to our sister newsletter, Heated: heated.world Check out our sister podcast, Hot Take: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hot-take/id1488414960 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
February 4, 2020
Mobil Oil's longtime PR guy Herb Schmertz really started to aggressively manipulate the media. He introduced so many new bells and whistles to Big Oil's propaganda apparatus, we're going to stay with his story for two episodes. In Part 1: Corporate personhood. First Schmertz worked to humanize oil companies by creating the "corporate persona" then he fought for First Amendment rights to be extended to corporations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 28, 2020
Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combatting Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training to work for American industry, including tobacco and Big Oil. Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1dbm5y4q1xaskl/S3Ep3_Transcript.docx?dl=0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 28, 2020
Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combatting Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training to work for American industry, including tobacco and Big Oil. Support us: https://www.patreon.com/Drilled Transcript: https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1dbm5y4q1xaskl/S3Ep3_Transcript.docx?dl=0 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 21, 2020
Ivy Lee worked with Standard Oil and the Rockefellers for the rest of his life, helping to establish the American Petroleum Institute in 1919, and working for the company's various joint ventures as well, including a petrochemicals partnership with German chemical giant IG Farben. That job, later in his life, took Lee to Germany, to meet with Goebbels and Hitler and give them advice on dealing with the American press. He was under investigation by Congress for his role in Nazi propaganda at the time of his death. Lee's work creating and building the API was one of his most important contributions to fossil fuel propaganda, it's the foundation on which the next 100 years was built. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter, subscribe here: https://heated.world/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 21, 2020
Ivy Lee worked with Standard Oil and the Rockefellers for the rest of his life, helping to establish the American Petroleum Institute in 1919, and working for the company's various joint ventures as well, including a petrochemicals partnership with German chemical giant IG Farben. That job, later in his life, took Lee to Germany, to meet with Goebbels and Hitler and give them advice on dealing with the American press. He was under investigation by Congress for his role in Nazi propaganda at the time of his death. Lee's work creating and building the API was one of his most important contributions to fossil fuel propaganda, it's the foundation on which the next 100 years was built. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter, subscribe here: https://heated.world/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 21, 2020
In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine—its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years ago with Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller and his son, a bloody miners' strike, and the very first P.R. guy, who swooped in to clean it all up. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter: https://heated.world/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 21, 2020
In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine—its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years ago with Standard Oil, John D. Rockefeller and his son, a bloody miners' strike, and the very first P.R. guy, who swooped in to clean it all up. Read more: https://www.drillednews.com/ Extra tidbits in the Heated newsletter: https://heated.world/ Follow us: https://twitter.com/WeAreDrilled Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 8, 2020
In the Juliana vs. The United States case, a group of young people sued the government for incentivizing increased fossil fuel dependence, thereby robbing the next generation of the pursuit for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The suit has been active for years now, and a handful of other youth suits have joined it. This year a group of young people, including Greta Thunberg, filed a complaint with the United Nations that top fossil fuel-producing countries were violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As both move forward, they we take a look at how these suits differ from climate liability cases, what makes them so compelling, and where they might head next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 8, 2020
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
January 8, 2020
A recent report shows that, despite a lot of ads about "green" energy, U.S. oil companies have been expanding oil production at a time when scientists have warned that we need dramatic reductions in emissions and fossil fuel use to avoid catastrophe. We explore how that happened, and how it's fed into the drafting of Rep Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution. Oil Change International Report: https://bit.ly/2FDFHoD Critical Frequency membership: www.criticalfrequency.org/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
January 8, 2020
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
January 8, 2020
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
December 9, 2019
In the Juliana vs. The United States case, a group of young people sued the government for incentivizing increased fossil fuel dependence, thereby robbing the next generation of the pursuit for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The suit has been active for years now, and a handful of other youth suits have joined it. This year a group of young people, including Greta Thunberg, filed a complaint with the United Nations that top fossil fuel-producing countries were violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As both move forward, they we take a look at how these suits differ from climate liability cases, what makes them so compelling, and where they might head next.
December 5, 2019
Big Oil gave Hitler propaganda tips decades ago and their PR machine has only grown from there. This season we dig into the history of fossil fuel propaganda and the few "Mad Men of climate denial" who shaped it. Coming January 2020.
November 28, 2019
In the Juliana vs. The United States case, a group of young people sued the government for incentivizing increased fossil fuel dependence, thereby robbing the next generation of the pursuit for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The suit has been active for years now, and a handful of other youth suits have joined it. This year a group of young people, including Greta Thunberg, filed a complaint with the United Nations that top fossil fuel-producing countries were violating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As both move forward, they we take a look at how these suits differ from climate liability cases, what makes them so compelling, and where they might head next. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
November 20, 2019
Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Listen at Wondery.fm/TrappDrill
November 13, 2019
The County of Honolulu voted last night to file suit against the nation's largest oil companies for their role in delaying action on climate, and their share of the resultant climate adaptation costs. We talk to the County of Honolulu's Chief Resilience Officer Josh Stanbro about what climate impacts look like in Hawaii right now, and how independence from fossil fuels fits into Hawaii's pre-colonial history.  Become a member: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
November 13, 2019
The County of Honolulu voted last night to file suit against the nation's largest oil companies for their role in delaying action on climate, and their share of the resultant climate adaptation costs. We talk to the County of Honolulu's Chief Resilience Officer Josh Stanbro about what climate impacts look like in Hawaii right now, and how independence from fossil fuels fits into Hawaii's pre-colonial history. Become a member: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
November 13, 2019
We didn't get enough of Mary in our storytelling episode so we dig deeper on a few of the issues she brought up, and on her own writing process, in this interview. Check out some of her work here:  Vox: https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/28/18629833/climate-change-2019-green-new-deal Medium: https://medium.com/@maryheglar/when-climate-change-broke-my-heart-and-forced-me-to-grow-up-dcffc8d763b8 Guernica: https://www.guernicamag.com/after-the-storm/
November 13, 2019
We didn't get enough of Mary in our storytelling episode so we dig deeper on a few of the issues she brought up, and on her own writing process, in this interview. Check out some of her work here: Vox: https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/5/28/18629833/climate-change-2019-green-new-deal Medium: https://medium.com/@maryheglar/when-climate-change-broke-my-heart-and-forced-me-to-grow-up-dcffc8d763b8 Guernica: https://www.guernicamag.com/after-the-storm/
November 8, 2019
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.
November 8, 2019
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.
November 6, 2019
In this crossover two-part episode with the No Place Like Home podcast, we talk to great climate storytellers about which climate narratives are problematic, why gatekeeping is an issue in the climate space, and how getting it right can actually move the needle on climate action. Arctic Refuge Defense: http://www.arcticrefugedefense.org NPLH: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-place-like-home/id1158028749 The 70 Million: https://70millionpod.com/
November 6, 2019
In this crossover two-part episode with the No Place Like Home podcast, we talk to great climate storytellers about which climate narratives are problematic, why gatekeeping is an issue in the climate space, and how getting it right can actually move the needle on climate action. Arctic Refuge Defense: http://www.arcticrefugedefense.org NPLH: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-place-like-home/id1158028749 The 70 Million: https://70millionpod.com/
November 5, 2019
Storytelling may seem less important than science or policy, but we've known for decades that acting on climate is more a matter of will than knowledge. And the way we tell the story of climate change, who gets to tell the story, has everything to do with that. In this crossover episode with the No Place Like Home podcast, we talk to great climate storytellers about getting it right. NPLH: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-place-like-home/id1158028749 The 70 Million: https://70millionpod.com/
November 5, 2019
Storytelling may seem less important than science or policy, but we've known for decades that acting on climate is more a matter of will than knowledge. And the way we tell the story of climate change, who gets to tell the story, has everything to do with that. In this crossover episode with the No Place Like Home podcast, we talk to great climate storytellers about getting it right. NPLH: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/no-place-like-home/id1158028749 The 70 Million: https://70millionpod.com/
October 1, 2019
For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery-- who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at Wondery.fm/drilled
September 26, 2019
Dr. Sarah Myhre is a paleoceanographer with expertise in social and ecological decision-making, and a public scholar who is at the frontlines of addressing rapid climate change. She is a Kavli Fellow with the National Academy of Science, executive director of the Rowan Institute, and a senior fellow at Project Drawdown researching carbon drawdown solutions in the global ocean. Join Drilled Premium: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
September 24, 2019
Sarah Eagle Heart is an Emmy award-winning social justice storyteller, consultant, activist, author, media strategist, and producer focused on advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples rooted in her worldview as an Oglala Lakota raised on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She is also a board member of the Women's March, and in this episode she talks about how to include indigenous perspectives in an intersectional approach to climate.  Join Drilled Premium: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
September 19, 2019
Climate reporter Emily Atkin recently launched a newsletter called Heated, which she describes as "a newsletter for people who are pissed about the climate crisis." We talk about that anger, and how the climate movement does or doesn't deal with it.  Subscribe to Heated: https://heated.world/ Sign up for Drilled Premium: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
September 19, 2019
Dr. Katharine Wilkinson is an author, speaker, and strategist on climate. She's the VP of communication and engagement for Project Drawdown, and was the senior writer for the New York Times bestseller Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Her TED talk on women leading on climate change has been viewed more than a million times.  Join Drilled Premium: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm
September 17, 2019
For some reason, the oceans are often left out of discussions about climate change, unless we're talking about them rising. Marine biologist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson has co-authored a policy approach that places oceans at the center of the conversation. Here she lays out the Blue New Deal (https://www.dataforprogress.org/memos/blue-jobs), and why it's not just right but valuable to include a diversity of voices in the climate conversation.  Join Drilled Premium: https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
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.
September 16, 2019
While we're on hiatus reporting S3, and as part of the Covering Climate Now initiative from The Nation and The Guardian, we're re-posting our first season, which just won the ONA award for excellence in audio storytelling. You can always listen again, or share it with a friend. In this episode we begin in the 1970s and early 1980s, when Exxon wanted to be the Bell Labs of energy.  To see the documents referenced in this episode, check out the timeline on drilledpodcast.com.
September 4, 2019
CNN and MSNBC are giving the people what they want ... sort of. You wanted a climate debate, how about SEVEN HOURS of climate town halls? We'll take it! Environmental politics professor Leah C. Stokes joins us to break down policy differences between the candidates and what to look out for in the climate town halls.
September 3, 2019
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
August 15, 2019
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
August 5, 2019
A recent report shows that, despite a lot of ads about "green" energy, U.S. oil companies have been expanding oil production at a time when scientists have warned that we need dramatic reductions in emissions and fossil fuel use to avoid catastrophe. We explore how that happened, and how it's fed into the drafting of Rep Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution. Oil Change International Report: https://bit.ly/2FDFHoD Critical Frequency membership: www.criticalfrequency.org/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
July 3, 2019
RL Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote, a grassroots-funded PAC dedicated to getting climate candidates elected, and chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus shares her thoughts on the crowded Democratic primary, and why the call for a climate debate is only growing louder.  Become a Drilled member (https://drilled.supportingcast.fm/) and support our work!
June 27, 2019
It's our Miami Debates special, and the kick-off of our Drilling the Candidates series! Live from Miami we bring you an interview with climate candidate Jay Inslee, plus a panel discussion with Miami climate experts to paint a picture of climate change on the ground there, including Dr. Frances Colón, Broward County Chief Resilience Officer Dr. Jennifer Jurado, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy's Susan Glickman, and Tom O'Hara, editor of The Invading Sea.
June 22, 2019
The case over ExxonMobil's Everett, Mass storage facility has survived a motion to dismiss and could reveal details that would impact multiple other cases. Guest reporter Emily Gertz brings us that story.  PLUS Drilled Live in Miami: 2020 Debates edition, with Jay Inslee https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drilled-live-in-miami-democratic-debates-edition-registration-63334269505 Emily's newsletter: (de)regulation nation https://deregulationnation.substack.com/
June 22, 2019
The case over ExxonMobil's Everett, Mass storage facility has survived a motion to dismiss and could reveal details that would impact multiple other cases. Guest reporter Emily Gertz brings us that story. Emily's newsletter: (de)regulation nation https://deregulationnation.substack.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2019
Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! Is out NOW - find it in your favorite podcast app.
May 20, 2019
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?
May 13, 2019
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.
May 6, 2019
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.
May 6, 2019
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
April 29, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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.
April 22, 2019
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.
April 3, 2019
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.
March 23, 2019
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?
March 7, 2019
We're sharing episode 1 of the podcast Peace of Mind with Bhi Bhiman because it delves into so much of what's behind climate change denial: fear, anxiety, propaganda, tribalism, bias, and more. Featuring Glynn Washington (host of Snap Judgement), author Dave Eggers, and social psychologist Lee Ross.  Check out more episodes here: fanlink.to/PeaceOfMind
March 2, 2019
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
February 16, 2019
A recent report shows that, despite a lot of ads about "green" energy, U.S. oil companies have been expanding oil production at a time when scientists have warned that we need dramatic reductions in emissions and fossil fuel use to avoid catastrophe. We explore how that happened, and how it's fed into the drafting of Rep Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution. Oil Change International Report: https://bit.ly/2FDFHoD  Critical Frequency membership: www.criticalfrequency.org/join
February 12, 2019
We'll be back with a new episode of Drilled on Friday, but in the meantime, check out this new Critical Frequency podcast, focused on the lives of working mothers who are redefining what that label means. Listen here: https://fanlink.to/tds
February 5, 2019
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
February 1, 2019
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
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