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 May 21, 2019

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excellent on climate change and how the oil lobby changed the public opinion .


Secret documents, psychological warfare, whistleblowers, media manipulation, this is a story that has it all. Join us as we uncover the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century—the creation and spread of climate change denial—and why it's been so effective.

Episode Date
Climate Hawks' RL Miller on Why We Need a Climate Debate

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. 

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Jul 03, 2019
Miami Debates Special, Feat. Jay Inslee

It's our super mega ultra special (and extra long) 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 and a panel of Miami climate experts to paint a picture of climate change on the ground here, including science diplomat Dr. Frances Colón, Broward County Chief Resilience Officer Dr. Jennifer Jurado, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy's Florida Director Susan Glickman, and Tom O'Hara, editor of The Invading Sea. 

Jun 27, 2019
A Small Case that Could Have a Huge Impact

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/

Jun 22, 2019
BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

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 27, 2019
S2E6: Facing Extinction

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 20, 2019
S2E5 David vs. Goliath

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 13, 2019
S2E4 Taking Big Oil to Court

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 06, 2019
S2E3: Two Lawsuits at Once, Both Driven by Climate Change

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. 

Apr 29, 2019
S2E2: A Late Season and a Shaky Future

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. 

Apr 22, 2019
S2E1: A Crisis, a Cover-Up, and a Community on the Front Lines of Climate Change

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. 

Apr 22, 2019
Coming Soon: Hot Water, a New Drilled Series

In 2015 a warm water "blob," the result of both warming oceans and shifting wind patterns, wreaked havoc on West Coast fishing communities. Three years into a new reality in which climate change has shifted the marine food web, fishermen are fighting back. West Coast crab fishermen just became the first industry to take Big Oil to court 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. 

Apr 03, 2019
Big Oil Is Ramping Up PR Spend and Oil Production

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? 

Mar 23, 2019
Peace of Mind -- The Psychology of Fear and Denial

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

Mar 07, 2019
Big Oil's New Story: The First Amendment Covers Climate Denial

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. 

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Mar 02, 2019
U.S. Oil Companies' Radical Inaction on Climate

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

Another show we recommend: The Weeds from Vox  

Feb 16, 2019
Introducing The Double Shift

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

Feb 12, 2019
Fake Reporters and #FakeNews: How Fossil Fuel Companies Hide Behind Energy Blogs

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. 


  • 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
Feb 01, 2019
An Update, and Climate Denial Makes the Cable News Rounds

News on what to expect next year from Drilled, plus a look at how and why TV news brought on climate contrarians to "balance" out coverage of the National Climate Assessment that dropped in November 2018. 

Episode sponsor: Forget "Having It All" from Seal Press, www.amywestervelt.com/book

Dec 31, 2018
Winning the War

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. 

Nov 18, 2018
Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court

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. 

Nov 17, 2018
The First Step to Influencing Policy: Setting Research Agendas

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. 

Nov 17, 2018
Aggressive Think Tanks, Shouty Pundits, and a New Religious Argument

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. 

Nov 17, 2018
Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite: Certainty

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. 

Nov 17, 2018
Weaponizing False Equivalence

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. 

Nov 16, 2018
The Turn

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. 

Nov 15, 2018
The Bell Labs of Energy

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. 

Nov 14, 2018
Drilled: A True Crime Podcast about Climate Change

Launching November 14th, Drilled is a limited series investigative true-crime podcast about the crime of the century: the creation of climate denial.

Oct 21, 2018