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Critical Frequency

Putting the right people at the right dinner parties, funding university research centers to control the science on which regulation is based, placing weekly advertorials in The New York Times for 30 years. These are just some of the ways oil compani...Show More
Climate Hawks' RL Miller on Why We Need a Climate Debate

27:05 | Jul 3rd

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 ...Show More
Miami Debates Special, Feat. Jay Inslee, Miami Climate Experts, and Climate Hawks' RL Miller

1:24:25 | Jun 27th

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, a preview of the debates with Climate Hawks' RL Miller, and a panel of Miami climate ...Show More
A Small Case that Could Have a Huge Impact

31:46 | Jun 22nd

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 ...Show More
BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

04:09 | May 27th

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 comba...Show More
S2E6: Facing Extinction

12:45 | May 20th

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 p...Show More
S2E5 David vs. Goliath

17:14 | May 13th

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 a...Show More
S2E4 Taking Big Oil to Court

18:06 | May 6th

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

19:09 | Apr 29th

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.
S2E2: A Late Season and a Shaky Future

15:36 | Apr 22nd

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

21:10 | Apr 22nd

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 te...Show More
Coming Soon: Hot Water, a New Drilled Series

02:05 | Apr 3rd

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 ...Show More
Big Oil Is Ramping Up PR Spend and Oil Production

11:46 | Mar 23rd

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?
Peace of Mind -- The Psychology of Fear and Denial

31:24 | Mar 7th

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), aut...Show More
Big Oil's New Story: The First Amendment Covers Climate Denial

24:22 | Mar 2nd

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.  Membe...Show More
U.S. Oil Companies' Radical Inaction on Climate

18:33 | Feb 16th

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....Show More
Introducing The Double Shift

01:26 | Feb 12th

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
Fake Reporters and #FakeNews: How Fossil Fuel Companies Hide Behind Energy Blogs

15:58 | Feb 1st

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 ...Show More
An Update, and Climate Denial Makes the Cable News Rounds

15:39 | Dec 31st, 2018

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" f...Show More
Winning the War

20:05 | Nov 18th, 2018

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'...Show More
Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court

15:49 | Nov 17th, 2018

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 climat...Show More
The First Step to Influencing Policy: Setting Research Agendas

15:08 | Nov 17th, 2018

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 p...Show More
Aggressive Think Tanks, Shouty Pundits, and a New Religious Argument

17:28 | Nov 17th, 2018

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.
Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite: Certainty

13:12 | Nov 17th, 2018

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...Show More
Weaponizing False Equivalence

17:39 | Nov 16th, 2018

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 journalist...Show More
The Turn

17:57 | Nov 15th, 2018

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 campai...Show More
The Bell Labs of Energy

16:16 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 arou...Show More
Drilled: A True Crime Podcast about Climate Change

02:27 | Oct 21st, 2018

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