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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

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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

24:14 | 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.