Drilled

By Critical Frequency

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Placing the right people at the right dinner parties, funding research centers to control the science on which regulation is based, weekly advertorials in The New York Times for 30 years. These are just some of the ways oil companies created climate denial and made it viral. Join us as we uncover the most elaborate—and most effective—propaganda campaign of the century.

Episode Date
Winning the War
20:05

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
15:49

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
15:08

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
17:28

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
13:12

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
17:39

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
17:57

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
16:16

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
02:27

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